Your business tip of the month from Make It Cheaper: Save money on your flights

posted on 02/06/2014 12:58:17 by David Pallant

Clear your cache or browse privately to make sure travel companies can't track your searches or hike the price of your airfare.

Use our guide to clear your cache and browsing privately. The sky's the limit.

Did you know that when you browse travel websites they can record what you've viewed?

This means that when you're shopping around for airfare you can't guarantee you're looking at the cheapest flights. Travel websites know what you've already seen because they keep track of your searches. When you come back to buy, they can make sure the prices are the same as - or more expensive than - when you first looked at them.

So, if you're a frequent business flyer, or you're about to book that holiday you've worked tirelessly for all year, here's what you can do to make sure this doesn't happen:

In 3 steps, clear your Internet cache, or

In 2 clicks, select 'private browsing' or 'incognito mode' on your browser.

That way, it'll be as if you're always searching for your flights for the first time.

3 steps to clear your Internet cache

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Clearing your cache is really easy.

We're going to show you how to do this on the three most popular browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

The steps may vary between different versions of each browser, but at the very least you'll have a good idea of what to do.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open the settings menu (this is usually found in the top right of the browser window). Then, hover your mouse over the word 'Safety'. This opens a second list next to it. From this list, click on 'Delete browsing history'.

Step 2

After selecting it, you will see a pop-up box appear. Just check that the options 'Cookies' and 'History' have a tick in their boxes and then click on the 'Delete' button.

Google Chrome

Step 1

Open the settings menu. This is usually a button with three horizontal lines found in the top right of the browser window. Click on 'History' in the list.

Step 2

At the top of the list of visited websites, click on the button that says 'Clear browsing data'.

Step 3

This also opens up a new page with a pop-up box (below). Make sure that you're deleting items from 'the beginning of time' (to be on the safe side as this deletes eveything) and that 'Cookies…', 'Cached images and files' and 'Browsing history' have ticks in their boxes. To complete, click the 'Clear browsing data' button.

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Open the drop down Firefox menu. This is usually a button with three horizontal lines found in the top right of the browser window. Click on 'History'.

Step 2

A new list appears on top of the original menu. Select 'Clear Recent History' from it.

Step 3

This opens a new pop-up box (below). In this box, select 'Everything' in the time range (to be extra safe as this deletes everything) and make sure the boxes for 'Cookies', 'Cache' and 'Browsing & Downloaded History' are ticked. When you've made sure they are, click on 'Clear Now' to finish the job. That's it.

In 2 clicks, select 'private browsing' or 'incognito mode' on your browser

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When 'private browsing' or 'incognito mode' is turned on, your internet activity can't be recorded by websites, and your browsing history before turning it on will be disregarded as well.

We're going to show you how to do this in the three most common browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

If you use a different browser or a different version to the ones we're going to show you, the tips here should still help you work out what you need to do.

Internet Explorer

Open the settings tab (you'll usually find this in the top right). Then, move your mouse onto the word 'Safety'. This opens a second list next to it. From this list, click on 'InPrivate Browsing'. The new Internet window that opens is the one you should use.

Google Chrome

Open the options menu. This is the button in the top right of the browser window with three horizontal lines on it. Click on 'New Incognito Window'. You should use the new window that opens for your private browsing.

Mozilla Firefox

Open the options menu. This is the button in the top right of the browser window with three horizontal lines on it. Click on 'New Private Window'. You should use the new window that opens for your private browsing.

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David Pallant

David Pallant is a Content Producer at Make It Cheaper, which means he could be responsible for producing content for just about anything we need. Emails, blogs, posters and social media posts are just some of the ways that David has produced content for Make It Cheaper. Having spent five years working in the insurance industry, he knows how important it is to write clear and engaging messages that anyone can understand.You can email David at david.pallant@makeitcheaper.com

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