Ryanair has agreed a deal with loveholidays – its first partnership with an online travel agent (OTA).
The airline does not like OTAs selling its flights without permission, but is allowing loveholidays to package trips with Ryanair flights.
As part of the agreement, Ryanair flight information will be provided directly to customers’ email addresses, including pre-departure information on Ryanair T&Cs, and in cases of disruption.
Loveholidays has agreed it will only display Ryanair’s real prices, without mark-ups and will only pass accurate customer contact and payment details to Ryanair.
Ryanair Director of Marketing, Communications and Digital Dara Brady (pictured above, right) said: “We are pleased to announce this first OTA partnership with loveholidays, which will ensure that loveholidays’ customers can now book Ryanair flights, seats, and bags as part of their package with the guarantee that they will not be overcharged for flights, bags, or seats, they will receive flight updates directly from Ryanair and will also have direct access to their booking through their myRyanair account.”
Loveholidays Chief Marketing Officer Al Murray (pictured above, left) said: “As the UK and Ireland’s largest and fastest growing OTA, we are delighted to be the world’s first Ryanair-approved package holiday provider.
“Our status as an approved Ryanair partner will ensure the process of booking and managing a Ryanair flight as part of a loveholidays package is seamless for customers; something no other package holiday provider can offer.
“The loveholidays-Ryanair partnership means all our customers can take advantage of Ryanair’s low fares while benefiting from our unrivalled choice of hotels, flexible payment plans and ATOL protection.
“Ultimately, this new partnership highlights our commitment to championing consumer choice, with the overall aim of making travel more affordable and accessible while opening the world to everyone.”