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Travel website Skyscanner has moved to provide extra services for its UK customers by launching a train booking option.
Although it is only available on its iOS app, it means travellers can now compare rail options alongside flights, hotels and care hire.
Chinese online travel firm Ctrip owns Skyscanner, following a £1.4 billion purchase in 2016, and the firm’s Trip.com site will power the new service.
This means customers will have access to 24-hour customer service and the option to makes bookings anywhere and at any time of day.
Rail tickets for the UK network will be included on the app, which will enable individuals to search for the most cost-effective means of travelling across the country.
The addition of rail tickets is said to target those that are not served by nearby airports, and who require a means of accessing those locations.
Skyscanner’s chief technology officer Bryan Dove has said that the company wants to make travel “as easy as possible” for people in Britain.
He explained that being able to use Ctrip’s technology means the company can take advantage of a wealth of information concerning consumer habits to ensure they receive the services they need.
A version of the app is also due to launch on Android in the future, although a date is not yet known for the release.
To date, the app has been downloaded more than 70 million times across the world, while more than 60% of Skyscanner’s web traffic comes via mobile devices.
By having flight, hotel and car hire deals in one place, customers can find the most affordable options for their travel.
However, one aspect that is not included, and which is applicable to those considering hiring a vehicle, is additional insurance cover.
Car hire excess insurance provides cover on the excess fee that a driver would need to pay should their hire vehicle be lost or damaged, therefore providing added peace of mind when travelling. Get a quote today to see how much the added cover could cost.
Date Created: 06/04/2018