VPNoverview has reported its research team has assembled steps travelers who are stuck away from home can take to find a flight to get them home safely, quickly and as inexpensively as possible, the company said.
Air traffic is coming to a standstill due to the advance of the corona virus. As a result, countless people from all over the world are stuck in a foreign country, looking for a way home.
The research team analyzed multiple international flights using major booking sites Skyscanner, Agoda, and Expedia:
The team took the Dutch, American, Romanian, Portuguese and British versions of the relevant booking sites into consideration, if applicable. The aim of this was to check whether the offer and pricing of flights changed depending on the regional version of the booking site. The team checked the different regional versions of booking platforms by changing the settings on Skyscanner and Agoda. Expedia did not offer this possibility. They also checked whether changing the IP address by using a VPN had an impact on the price and availability of flights.
Depending on the local version of a booking site, a specific flight might not always show. Switching to a different version by changing the settings in the website menu, can result in a difference in pricing and flight time.
The research team found large price differences for the same flight could sometimes be observed depending on the geographic version of a booking site. People who are seeking to book a flight online are therefore advised to review multiple versions of the booking site they are using to ensure they are shown the most suitable flight options. This might be pivotal in times of crisis.