Are Expedia prices affected by previous searches?

Consumer Reports searched for the same itinerary at the same time on the Expedia travel site using two different browsers – Safari and Firefox. It turns out the flight was $718 lower using a Firefox browser. Yet, Expedia insists pricing is not affected by previous searches.

“Believe it or not, just using a different browser can get you a dramatically lower travel deal,” Lisa Freeman from Consumer Reports said.

Consumer Reports ShopSmart learned this when it searched for the same itinerary at the same time on the Expedia travel site using two different browsers—Safari and Firefox. It turns out the flight was $718 lower using a Firefox browser.

“Travel sites can track your searches. We checked a flight twice on Safari and once on Firefox. And what we learned is that if you check a flight more than once, the cheapest fare can disappear,” Freeman said.

Expedia insists pricing is not affected by previous searches. Still, ShopSmart advises removing cookies that track those searches. To remove cookies, go to your browser and pick preferences, then privacy. There you can remove all cookies.

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