Hopper’s New ‘price Freeze’ Feature Saves You Low Fares in the Future
Buying a plane ticket is a kind of science. If you buy your plane ticket too early, you can often pay a lot more than if you waited closer to your travel date to buy your ticket. On the other hand, if you wait right before your travel date, you can also get an expensive ticket.
Hopper released a tool this week that makes it all easier, at least in the short term. Called the price freeze, this tool allows you to essentially freeze the cost of the flight that you specify, and then come back and buy it later at that price, even if the cost has gone up.
Flights cannot be frozen indefinitely, only for a period of 1 to 7 days. The idea here is that if you see a good deal, you can give yourself an extra day or two to decide if you want to bite into it, without fearing that the price will double before you make that decision. Or, if you are waiting for your paycheck to arrive, you don’t have to miss out on much that you will encounter.
Unfortunately, freezing the tariff is not entirely free. Hopper usually charges a security deposit of $ 1 to $ 40 to freeze the fare, which is fully refundable if you decide to buy the ticket, but doesn’t if you decide to opt out. All of this goes to show that you want to be sure you want to get that ticket before you freeze it, or better yet, it will be a fantastic deal.
And of course, if the price drops while your price is frozen, you can also take advantage of the lower price. You also do not need to book a flight to the destination you have chosen for the price freeze. For example, if I paid $ 30 to block a flight from San Francisco to New York for 7 days, but on day 6 decided that I would rather go to Florida than to New York, I can get my $ 30 back by ordering this Florida ticket through the service. …
During beta testing, Hopper says the average user saved $ 80 on frozen plans, and some up to $ 200.
If you see a trade you’re not quite ready to buy yet, it’s definitely worth checking out. Especially on “ Travel Tuesday,” the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, when airline tickets are usually significantly cheaper than other times of the year.
A price freeze is available now for iOS, and Android support is expected soon.