I’ve been booking and researching travel for a long time, and I learned something from this piece today. I just booked a hotel on Booking.com and saved about $500. Here’s how I did it. I switched my VPN to show my location in Canada, used an incognito page on Chrome to search hotels, found what I wanted, and clicked on reserve. Only then did I sign in. By that time, Booking.com was committed to giving me the room in Canadian funds, which means I saved 30% on the exchange rate. If I had signed in with my account and not hidden my location, Booking would have know where I was and quoted the price in US funds instead of Canadian.
Thanks to Frommer’s for some great advice!