Online travel and leisure retailer lastminute.com has launched flight booking tools. (11/28/2007)
Post its latest offering, lastminute.com offers the ability to book return flight journeys using different carriers for the outbound and returning journeys; A flexible calendar search tool allowing customers to find the cheapest fares on the market; The ability to reserve airline seats before departure.
"With the ´Sum of One Ways´ tool, lastminute.com drastically cuts the time spent searching for the best value flight options, with the cheapest return fares on the market incorporating the potential to use different carriers for different legs of the journey. lastminute.com is the first online travel agency to mix two one way fares with different airlines, if the combined fare is cheaper," stated the company.
"This tool, available on a variety of destinations throughout Europe, offers a more complete choice of options in terms of prices and flight times available, guaranteeing customers the cheapest return journeys on the Internet. The flexible calendar search enhances the ´Sum of One Way´ technology, making sure customers with flexible departure dates pay the cheapest fare possible for their trip," it added.
According to lastminute.com, customers hover over the calendar to see if they could save money by departing on a different date over a seven-day period. The seat map feature gives customers the opportunity to reserve their preferred seat before checking in at the airport. This additional functionality is available with more than 20 airlines to provide a smoother check-in experience.
lastminute.com UK Managing Director John Bevan said, "We believe the additional functionality means lastminute.com offers consumers the best tools to find the cheapest and most convenient flights for them."