We've all been there. Our plane tickets are purchased, which is good. But then we see the price has dropped, and we want to pull our hair out.
It makes plenty of sense to shop around for the best price but when it comes to travel, often times we must take what's available. There's no way to know how the prices might change in the future and if we wait too long, there may be no seats left on the plane or rooms left in the hotel.
Normally when that happens if we're within a certain time frame we can get some money back, but if not, we just accept it as bad luck and move on with our lives. A little poorer, yes, but we move on.
What if there was a loophole for you?
The thing is, you don't have to. There is a website called DoNotPay.com, and it uses a robot lawyer to identify legal loopholes within flight arrangements in order to try and save you money.
Best of all, it's free to use and you get to keep 100 percent of any savings.
The DoNotPay robot lawyer works by finding travel confirmations from your past bookings and when the price drops, it will use whatever loopholes it can find to negotiate a cheaper price for you. According to Josh Browder, a Stanford University student from Britain who founded the site, there are about 70 different relevant legal loopholes in the United States.
And yes, it really works. Browder said private tests with a few hundred users revealed that 68 percent of flights saw a price decline, with an average difference of $140. The largest price drop for a plane ticket caught by DoNotPay was $650.
Here's what you need to do
Surprisingly, setting DoNotPay up is quite easy. You sign in with a Google account, and then provide your phone number and date of birth. You will also need to provide a credit or debit card -- not to pay anything, but rather for a place any refunds can go.
From there, DoNotPay will check flight prices 17,000 times a day.
The technology has worked for other things
While DoNotPay may seem like it's a bit too good to be true, the technology behind it has already helped plenty of people. Browder said the DoNotPay services have already helped overturn thousands of people's parking tickets and helped people who were impacted by the Equifax data breach, and it has now expanded to 1,000 different areas of law in all 50 U.S. states and throughout the U.K.
It can't handle court cases, but it can help with anything relating to documents.
At its core, DoNotPay functions a lot like Facebook Messenger. Check out the video below to see how.
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