Passengers who purchase add-ons alongside flights could be paying more than is necessary for inferior products, new research has revealed.
According to Which? Travel, adding car hire or insurance is a popular option for holidaymakers, yet what they get for their money is often not up to standard.
In some instances, the consumer watchdog found that the insurance policies on offer failed the basic criteria of what would be expected for comprehensive cover.
It might be quick, and it might be easy, but for travellers looking to keep their holiday costs down, bundling aspects of your trip together is probably not the most cost-effective option.
With airlines keen to sell an abundance of products so that travellers can manage all of their needs on just one website, it’s easy to see why many people opt for the convenience of it all.
However, when studying popular European routes in May for seven main carriers, noticeable differences were seen between the deals they offered and what could be found by searching elsewhere online.
When it came to car hire for instance, Which? Travel found that inflated prices for cover when purchased via airlines were commonplace.
EasyJet offered car hire with Europcar alongside a flight from Newcastle to Malaga for £119, some £46 more than cover that was available with another provider for the same dates.
A similar difference in price for car hire with Avis offered via a British Airways flight from Heathrow to Cyprus.
You may also want to consider car hire excess insurance from an independent provider in order to enhance the cover on offer. This protects you against the excess you would need to pay should your hire car be damaged or stolen.
While you would need to pay the car hire excess insurance policy in the event of a claim, you can then claim it back via the policy, giving you peace of mind for the duration of your trip.
The travel watchdog also found that many insurance packages on offer via airlines often failed to provide adequate levels of cover, potentially leaving travellers at risk.
While these policies were not overly expensive, they often had high excess amounts and limited levels of cover for aspects such as lost baggage and flight cancellations.
It’s therefore essential to look at exactly what cover is available with these add-ons to determine if it is a worthwhile investment – if you feel it isn’t, you should see if better options are available online.
The research also found that other aspects of holidays, including airport transfers and priority deals, were often offered at inflated prices, showcasing the need to shop around.
Date Created: 14/06/2019