Sunday, 1 April 2012

Travel Hacking - Tip #3 – Foursquare Spoof Check-in Location Hack


There are so many bonuses, discounts and rebates available with apps like foursquare but the problem is you often need to actually be near the location in order to ‘check-in’ to get the reward – right? – WRONG! 

Even though the native foursquare phone app uses GPS and cell tower triangulation to restrict you from a check-in outside a certain radius of your actual location, you can spoof you location quite easily using your desktop computer or a standalone app on your phone. Basically, you can make it ‘appear’ as if you are in a certain location i.e. any location, even a different country. You can then ‘check-in’ to the spoofed location with foursquare to collect the reward.  I currently use this hack to check-in with foursquare at an airport every day to collect 50 miles per check-in.

How to spoof your location so you can check-in to any location

1.) On your PC or MAC or phone you can first download Tweetdeck. Add your foursquare account and choose any location to check-in from or schedule a future check-in. 

The limitation here is you can only add one foursquare account to Tweetdeck but it is so fast and simple to spoof your location this way.

2.) You can use the mobile version of foursquare on your computer or phone.  Then choose the option to change your location. Follow the prompts and check-in to any location. It takes a few more steps than Tweetdeck but it still works.

3.) Phone Apps can be faster.  For Android phones you can google ‘Location Spoofer for Android’ or ‘Fake GPS Location for Android’ and follow the instructions to install the app.  For iOS you need to jailbreak your iPhone first then install an app like ‘LocationHolic’ from Cydia. 

I use this method as it’s the fastest way to spoof your location for multiple foursquare accounts.  I have 4 foursquare accounts setup specifically to collect a 50 mile per day check-in bonus at an airport (even though I’m not close enough to an airport). Do the math 4 x 50 x 365 = 73,000 FREE miles per year! (more to follow on that in the next blog post)

Do you spoof your location to collect rewards and if so how?


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Brandon,  June 08, 2012 9:26 am  

What kind of miles do you get?? AA, Delta, etc.?

Paddy in BA (Quickroute) June 08, 2012 9:47 am  

@Brandon - check my Topguest hack for details - current points include United, Virgin, Hilton, Wyndham, Priority Rewards etc

Anonymous,  June 08, 2012 12:13 pm  

Hi Paddy,

You said you have 4 foursquare accounts and you're collecting 50 miles per account a day. Is that all for the same airmile account?? Is the name on your foursquare account all different? Or do you have 4 separate airmile accounts? I'm just trying to figure out how I can go about doing this.

Anonymous,  June 08, 2012 6:43 pm  

I don't see United offered as a partner?

Paddy in BA (Quickroute) June 09, 2012 10:19 am  

@ Anony: I signed up for this before the Continental - United merger so I have 2 accounts (United and Continental)for myself and 2 accounts for my wife. 4 separate airline accounts in total. The best part is the miles are still posting for both airlines even though they have merged. - Unfortunately the Continental link is no longer active so if you didn't sign up before you will only be able to use the United link now

Paddy in BA (Quickroute) June 09, 2012 10:20 am  

@ Anony: It's a separate link and not on the topguest page

Knarf Talaf June 13, 2012 11:58 pm  

Tweetdeck no longer seems to have any ability to connect with foursq, nor for geolocating. Do I need an older version of that software? Or can I just skip this? Thanks for efforts, mate!

Paddy in BA (Quickroute) June 14, 2012 12:39 am  

@ Knarf - check the update link in the post for auto check-in

HeavenOrLasVegas,  September 23, 2012 12:53 pm  


I've been having trouble signing up to TopGuest with email. the last 2 days it gets stuck "loading" last night the site seems to crash altogether.

Anyone experiencing this? Can you think of a workaround?

thanks in advance,


Paddy in BA (Quickroute) September 23, 2012 7:12 pm  

@ HeavenOrLasVegas: site is indeed down right now

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