Cookies

Affinity-Aviation.com puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again

Affinity-Aviation.com cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.
You’ll normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.

How cookies are used on Affinity-Aviation.com

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)
We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use Affinity-Aviation.com We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on Affinity-Aviation.com
  • how long you spend on each Affinity-Aviation.com page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site
  • We don’t collect or store your personal information (eg your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.

We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit Affinity-Aviation.com by tracking if you have
visited before
2 years
_utma Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our
visitors are new to Affinity-Aviation.com or to a certain page
2 years
_utmb This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on Affinity-
Aviation.com
30 minutes
_utmc This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser when you close your
browser
_utmz This tells us how you reached Affinity-Aviation.com (like from another website or a
search engine)
6 months
analytics_nextpage_call This lets us know the next page you visit on Affinity-Aviation.com so we can make
journeys better
when you close your
browser
GDS_successEvents and GDS_
analyticsTokens
These help us identify how you use Affinity-Aviation.com so we can make the site better 4 months

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

Our introductory message

You may see a pop-up welcome message when you first visit Affinity-Aviation.com We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it
and knows not to show it again.

Name Purpose Expires
seen_cookie_message Saves a message to let us know that you have seen our cookie message 2 years

YouTube videos

We use YouTube to provide videos on some pages of the site. YouTube sets cookies when you visit one of these pages.

Name Purpose Expires
_use_hitbox This is a randomly generated number that identifies your browser When you close your
browser
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Lets Youtube count the views of embedded Youtube videos 9 months

Browser upgrade prompt

We log a cookie the first time you visit Affinity-Aviation.com to let us know you’ve visited once.
If you’re using an out-of-date browser the next time you visit, we’ll show you a message suggesting you upgrade.
We’ll also save a cookie that lets us know you don’t want to see the prompt if you dismiss it.

Name Purpose Expires
affin_not_first_visit Stops us prompting you to upgrade an out-of-date browser until after your first visit 28 days
affin_browser_upgrade_dismissed Saves a message to let us know you’ve seen and dismissed the browser upgrade
prompt
28 days

Multivariate testing

We sometimes test different versions of pages with different users to see which work better. We’ll save a cookie so that you consistently see the same
version when browsing Affinity-Aviation.com.

Name Purpose Expires
multivariatetest_cohort_topics_menu_
text
Remember which version of the page you were shown 1 month