Travellers Set To Save As Flight Centre Expands Accomodation Website

Flight Centre Limited has boosted its online accommodation offering.

The company has upgraded its established quickbeds.com accommodation site to give travellers greater access to last-minute rates at properties throughout Australia.

Customers can now book quickbeds.com’s last-minute specials – which in some cases are 70% cheaper than standard prices – up to 28 days in advance directly on the website or via a dedicated Hotel Hotline call centre (Telephone: 1800 002 333).

Previously, the discounted rates were available up to 14 days in advance.

In another bonus, quickbeds.com has also adopted a Price Beat Guarantee to ensure its customers secure additional bargains at hotels, apartments, bed and breakfasts, hostels, resorts and motels throughout Australia.

This guarantee means quickbeds.com’s Hotel Hotline team will beat any available accommodation price offered by competing Australian registered businesses and websites*.

Flight Centre Limited managing director Graham Turner said the upgrade was part of the company’s ongoing strategy of strengthening its overall sales network of leisure and corporate travel outlets, websites and call centres.

“We expect the broader last-minute offering and the extended guarantee will prove popular with quickbeds.com’s customers because there is now greater opportunity to secure a bargain,” he said.

“Importantly, this is not restricted to online customers.

“Customers that prefer telephone service or want to take advantage of the Price Beat Guarantee can also phone quickbeds.com’s Hotel Hotline and book with a specialist consultant.

“This human element is an important distinction, as is quickbeds.com’s year-round booking facility.
“This allows visitors to book rooms during the busiest times of the year, when most properties will be full and last-minute rates are rarely going to be available.”

quickbeds.com, which features 20,000 properties worldwide, is one of a number of sites in Flight Centre Limited’s increasingly popular leisure online network in Australia.

Other sites include:

  • flightcentre.com.au – Australia’s Number One travel agency site over the past two years in terms of visitor numbers (Source: Hitwise)
  • flightcentrehotels.com
  • studentflights.com.au
  • and escapetravel.com.au

Together, these sites have attracted more than 20million visits during 2005/06.

Earlier this week, the company also unveiled its innovative new shop of the future design, the blueprint for Flight Centre’s next generation shops.

Key features include:

  • An in-store LCD screen with rotating destinational imagery
  • In-store customer terminals for client research
  • An On-sale Now panel featuring current advertising campaigns and specials
  • Swivelling consultant terminals that allow clients to view product and images
  • Improved world maps with feature destinations in brochure format below
  • Dedicated customer areas
  • Comprehensive travel library with magazines, information and brochures