easyJet is introducing a new service that it hopes will encourage more pet lovers to fly with the airline.
From early 2018, easyJet passengers will be able to book free house sitters for their pets or find free accommodation as a house sitter, when booking flights on www.easyJet.com.
The new service is a partnership between easyJet and TrustedHousesitters, a house and pet-sitting membership service. Unlimited house and pet sitting will be available for those who sign up for TrustedHousesitters membership, at a cost of £89 a year.
The move follows a survey of easyJet passengers that showed that the majority of pet owners would travel more if they had better access to pet care.
Of the passengers surveyed, 58% said they would travel more often if they had more satisfactory pet care solutions. Among those who found that owning pets made travelling more difficult, 62% said that either the cost of pet care or concern for pet welfare prevented them from going away more often.
easyJet will enable pet owners to match with verified members of the TrustedHousesitters online community to look after their homes, while animal lovers will be able to explore Europe, looking after pets in unique accommodation, when booking on www.easyJet.com.
As well as every variety of cat and dog, pet sitters can find themselves looking after anything from chickens and pigs, to goats and llamas. The accommodation is as diverse as the animals, with house sits available everywhere from French chateaus to stylish apartments in Paris, and bohemian getaways in Spain. There are even entire Greek islands that have been listed on the site.
Andrew Middleton, Ancillary Revenue Director for easyJet, said:
“easyJet is committed to making travel as easy as possible for our customers – this new partnership with TrustedHousesitters is the latest step we’ve taken to deliver on that promise.
“By helping holidaymakers find trusted people to look after their pets and homes or by helping them to find free accommodation in return for housesitting, we will make travel possible for even more people.”
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