Sometimes I figure something out (or think I do) and wonder why it wasn't something I knew long ago?
In this case I was shopping for a quick weekend hop from Dublin to Leeds, and back, to visit friends I met last March on a Caribbean cruise.
I searched a few days ago using a computer that doesn't have a VPN installed and received a number of options that routed through London and cost roughly $230-260 for the round trip. These were longer flights, and more expensive, than I expected. My friend had said Ryanair flies direct between Dublin and Leeds but none of those flights showed up on my search.
Today I searched on my home computer with VPN installed. Ryanair flights came right up and the cost for direct both ways was between $42 and $46 (more if you need to check a bag, I carry only a small shoulder bag that weighs ten to 12 pounds).
Did everyone know that finding flights in Europe works so much better with a VPN? Is it just me who never realized it? I don't remember ever reading it but my friend seemed to know the key is to hide your location. I wouldn't have thought of that but it seems to make a big difference.