Cheapflightsis launching a new ‘hidden extras’ consumer resource on its www.cheapflights.co.uk site which aims to help consumers by disclosing how much airlines charge travellers for items such as food, entertainment, seat selection and baggage. Cheapflights.co.uk users can now ‘click’ the relevant tab on its “Travel Tips” sections to access tip sheets for over twenty top airlines. This innovation arrives the same week that EU transport commissioner Jacques Barrot unveiled new European Union proposals designed to enable passengers to compare like-for-like prices by forcing airlines to include all charges - including airport, wheelchair, baggage fees and fuel surcharges - in the headline price.
The new tab can be accessed by navigating in from the Cheapflights.co.uk home page “travel tips” section or entering http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/travel-tips/airline-extras.html on an internet browser.
Cheapflights.co.uk, pioneered independent online travel price comparison and travel deals publishing in 1996 and is now the UK’s leading international internet travel deal search company and a major sector player in the US. Apart from publishing over a million deals for comparison from hundreds of travel companies each day, the Company has always included useful additional travel information for consumers to access via its award-winning travel sites.
CEO David Soskin said: “Cheapflights believes that consumers deserve the opportunity to compare like-for-like when purchasing airline tickets. This airline extras sheet is another example of Cheapflights giving consumers the tools to make informed decisions. Low-cost may not be so low once you add charges for extra baggage, entertainment and a sandwich onto the ticket price, but purchasers should be able to make their selections based on their priorities. After all, a business traveller with a single briefcase requires different services than a family of four with two hungry children.”
He added: “Barrot’s decision to demystify airline ticket pricing is a step in the right direction. We’re glad to see that consumer demands are being met - and Cheapflights is determined to lead the way to make air travel less confusing and more affordable.”