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CHOICE Welcomes Virgin’s Decision to Ditch the Ticks:

Support this call for action! Ditch the ticks!
By Media Release
Date: December 02 2016
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Consumer group CHOICE has welcomed Virgin Australia’s decision to stop forcing consumers to opt out of pricey pre-ticked travel insurance when they’re purchasing a flight online and is calling on Jetstar and Tiger to also ditch the ticks.
 
“Pre-ticked optional extras can see travellers paying up to 40 per cent more for things they don’t want, when all they’re trying to do is book a flight,” says CHOICE Head of Media Tom Godfrey.
 
“It’s great news that Virgin has decided to let its customers actively opt-in to these online add-ons but it’s time for Jetstar and Tiger to stop tricking people into buying extras they may not need.”
 
CHOICE has been campaigning for an end to pre-ticked optional extras on the online booking pages of Australia’s four major domestic airlines.
 
A CHOICE investigation found preselected extras increased the price of a flight by up to 40%, with Jetstar the worst offender[1] as three of Australia’s four major domestic airlines added in extras such as standard seating, travel insurance and even charity donations.
 
“In much the same way that a supermarket wouldn’t get away with handing you a trolley full of groceries you don’t want, every time you arrived at the checkout, an airline shouldn’t be able to opt you in for products you don’t want or need,” Mr Godfrey says.
 
“Signing you up for these extras is little more than marketing trickery. It’s particularly concerning that airlines try to push one-size-fits-all travel insurance, which is unlikely to meet the needs of all consumers.”
 
Virgin Australia decided to end the practice of preselecting travel insurance during the online booking process following discussions with the ACCC.
 
For more go to: https://www.choice.com.au/travel/on-holidays/airlines/articles/preselected-extras-increase-airfare-costs
 
For more on Ditch the Ticks visit www.choice.com.au/ditchtheticks


About CHOICE 
Set up by consumers for consumers, CHOICE is the consumer advocate that provides Australians with information and advice, free from commercial bias. As vital today as when we were founded in 1959, CHOICE continues to fight for consumers and uncover the truth. By mobilising Australia’s largest and loudest consumer movement, CHOICE fights to hold industry and government accountable and achieve real change on the issues that matter most.

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