easyJet’s new flexible fares for business travellers

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    Budget airlines are increasingly charting their success in attracting today’s cost-conscious business travellers, who are often more willing to ditch frequent flyer miles for lower fares.
    Europe’s budget airline, easyJet– which has seen more demand from the business travel market – has started selling “Flexible” fares for the first time directly through its website.
    Travellers who choose the airline’s new “Flexi” fare can change their flights as many times as they like until two hours before departure.
    The fare attracts no booking fees and includes speedy boarding and one piece of hold baggage of up to 20kgs.

    However the new Flexi fares can come at a premium.
    TERMINAL U has compared “Standard” and “Flexi” fares on two random routes: one at short notice and one in advance, with interesting results.

    At the time of publishing (June 8), the cheapest standard return fare from London Gatwick to Madrid, from June 16-20 is £92.98 – or £134.98 including speedy boarding and one piece of hold luggage. The bill does not include an £8 booking fee, plus a 2.5% booking fee of the total booking for payments made by certain credit cards.
    However the Flexi fare equivalent (for the same dates and times) is £515.98 - nearly triple the Standard fare.

    On a different booking, the Standard fare to travel from London Stansted to Edinburgh, including speedy boarding and a bag from August 8-11 is £94.98, plus booking fees.
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