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Do airlines track you online to increase their rates?

Do airlines track you online to increase their rates?
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Q: "Are airlines tracking my IP address with cookies? Each time I check, they INCREASE the price of flights. I'm traveling from Chicago Ohare to Heathrow, leaving Sept 19 departure and returning Sept 29. Each time I search the fare goes up!!! How do I stop them from identifying these flight searches?" -Pat M., New Windsor, Illinois - Listens on 1400 AM WGIL.

A: If you book your vacations online, you know that it can be fun and it can save you money. With a little time and effort, you can find low airfares and great deals on hotels and car rentals.

However, if you're a seasoned traveler, or if you do a lot of research prior to booking your vacations, you know that it's getting more and more costly to book your trips online. At least, it sure seems that way.

When it comes to booking flights, in particular, you can see prices going up in real time as you're searching airfares online. That price surge is so common that it has become a bit of travel lore.

(Bonus: Click here to read our expert's guide on how to save money on everything you buy online.)

Many people believe that the airlines track you online. If they see you're searching for a particular destination a lot, say Los Angeles to Paris, they'll start bumping up your price for that flight. You may end up sitting next to someone who paid a lot less for the same trip.

The reasoning is, if you're really interested in taking a vacation to a specific destination, you'll pay a lot to do it. So, the airlines bump up your price and you pay it.

It's a win-win situation, but only for the airline. They get your money plus they get a higher price than you should be paying. You're the loser in this deal.

That's why you need to know this simple trick to get the airlines off your trail. Keep reading and I'll show you how.

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