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Yes, I heard the same story from these friends as they were telling me this.

One of them works for a travel agency.




What's the best work-around to avoid this price jack?

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clearing cookies, or just using incognito mode in whichever browser you are using usually does it. They've been doing this for at least a decade now, IIRC.

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I'm surprised it's legal. Didn't Amazon have to backtrack on something like this?

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They did backtrack, but because of PR reasons, not legal ones. Unless there are antitrust issues, it's perfectly legal to offer different prices to different customers.

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