If you go on the lookout for airfares on-line, are you actually getting the very best deal doable?
Fareportal, a web based journey company behind flight reserving web sites like CheapOair and OneTravel, filed a lawsuit in opposition to price range airline JetBlue this week, accusing it of partaking in an anti-competitive “scheme” to stop shoppers from having the ability to comparability store JetBlue’s airfares with different airways.
The lawsuit alleges that JetBlue is making it onerous for vacationers to match costs on routes it “dominates,” permitting it to boost fares. Fareportal mentioned JetBlue has blocked CheapOair and a dozen different on-line journey companies from displaying its content material.
That would result in greater ticket costs in markets the place JetBlue has a powerful presence like New York, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Boston, Los Angeles and San Juan, Puerto Rico, Fareportal claimed.
“JetBlue is attempting to drive prospects to e-book tickets on its web site the place the shortage of value comparability with fares from different airways will enable JetBlue to boost ticket costs for price-sensitive vacationers,” Frederick Stein, Fareportal’s chief authorized and compliance officer mentioned in a written assertion.
Nevertheless, the airline disputed Fareportal’s allegations, calling them “frivolous and wholly with out benefit.”
“It is not uncommon business apply for airways to decide on the place to promote their merchandise,” a JetBlue spokesperson mentioned through electronic mail. “We’re presently one in every of a number of main airways not promoting through Fareportal’s platforms.”
There are presently greater than 10 aggregator and on-line journey company websites that do embody JetBlue fares of their comparability listings with different airways, based on the JetBlue spokesperson. In addition they famous that its lowest fares will all the time be itself web site.
Fareportal mentioned it serves prospects in 195 international locations and collaborates with greater than 600 airways. It filed the lawsuit in opposition to JetBlue in U.S. District Court docket for the Japanese District of New York Tuesday.
The lawsuit comes as JetBlue is holding its winter sale providing one-way tickets for as little as $49. The sale, for flights between Jan. 16 and June 17, runs means of Jan. 12.