Did you know plane tickets can be cheaper depending on from where you buy them? This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale (the place where a retail transaction is completed) to your advantage. This trick can change the plane ticket price from $30 to $300.
We all know that domestic flight in a foreign country are quite expensive. Since a ticket’s point-of-sale can affect the price of any flight with an international component. Most people are unaware of “changing” this to get a cheaper flight on an airline’s website. This works best for domestic flights in another country; although it can be used for normal international flights.
Business Insider ran a simple test of a one-way search from Cartagena to Bogota (two cities in Colombia) for June 17 on three search websites; Google ITA, Kayak and Skyscanner. They compared the ticket price for two large airlines that fly this route; LAN Airlines and Avianca.
A Kayak search gave the cheapest flight on LAN as $116 and on Avianca as $137. A Google ITA search, keeping New York City as the point-of-sale, gave the exact numbers as Kayak. Skyscanner returned similar results: the cheapest flight on LAN as $114 and on Avianca as $136.
If the point-of-sale is changed from an American city to Colombia in Google ITA, you will get the price in Colombian pesos (COP) which is exactly what is required. This new search gave the cheapest flight on Avianca as 116,280 COP ($61.59) and on LAN as 173,820 COP ($91.96). It means you are saving about $22.04 on LAN flight and $74.41 on Avianca flight by simply paying in a different currency.
The real problem is to find a place to buy this plane ticket in Pesos. You need to go to the main airline website and change your country as Colombia with English as your language. Now search for the flight again. This may not give you exact same fare as Google ITA but still you will be able to save some money.
A word of advice; make sure you pay in a credit card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees. Even if you don’t have a travel-friendly credit card, it still might be worth it to pay the fees in pesos.
A little adjustment and this trick can also be used for purchasing international flights. All you need to do is to check the points-of-sales for the destination country and the country where the airline is based in. This works most of the time but it is not an all-time usable trick. Sometimes the cheapest airfare is the original airfare that you will find.