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Trick airlines into thinking you're in a different country to get cheaper flights

Trick airlines into thinking you're in a different country to get cheaper flights
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As a huge travel fan, I'm always on the lookout for great deals to save money on costs like hotel rooms, rental cars and airfare. This is one I haven't heard before, and it's ingeniously simple. You might actually be able to save big on international plane tickets by using a different website to trick the airline into thinking you're from a different country.

Not all airfare is created equal. In fact, foreign airlines might have different deals or rates available to flyers in their home country. Most airlines have separate webpages designed for each country it serves. To take advantage of these deals, all you have to do is visit the website for the airline's home country and compare rates.

For example, if you're planning a trip to Paris on Air France. You'd want to visit Air France's French homepage to check out rates.

Don't worry, you can still set English as the language on most airline sites, so you won't have to try and read French to check in on potential deals.

To check for cheaper airfare, just visit the airline's website. Some airlines will take you to a page to select your country. At this point, you'll want to select the foreign country like France. If you're automatically directed to the U.S. page, then you can usually switch to another country using a "Countries" tab or link at the top of the page.

If the page you're taken to is in a different language, then look near the top of the webpage for a button to switch the page into English. This will usually say English, EN or have a picture of an American or British flag. If the page doesn't have an English option, you can use the translate option in Google Chrome. Just click the menu button in the upper right corner, select Settings, click Show Advanced Settings, and check the "Offer to translate pages that aren't in a language you read" option under Languages.

Remember, this isn't a foolproof savings plan. While many airlines do have better deals on their other websites, sometimes you might find the price is the same or even more than the one listed on the U.S. page. So, always compare prices. The prices on the foreign page will be listed in a different currency, like euros or pounds. To convert the price, just type in which currencies you need to convert into Google, like pounds to dollars. Google will come up with a conversion calculator for you.

If you're looking for other ways to save money on trips, click here to see my other cost-cutting tips for buying airfare.

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