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May 17, 2014 Social Media No Comments Email Email

Travellers at Australia’s major airports are being targeted with unscrupulous moneymaking tactics and sky-high prices, according to a new investigation.

Travelzoo Australia, the largest online publisher of travel and lifestyle deals, examined what you can expect to spend at Australia’s airports before a week-long holiday, including parking, water, coffee, snacks, nappies and sunscreen.
The snapshot survey found that if you bought those everyday essentials at Sydney Airport, for example, you’d have to fork out around $261 – DOUBLE what you’d pay in the supermarket and a CBD car park ($132).

Bottled water was, in some cases, more than 300 per cent more expensive than in the supermarket, costing as much as $4 for 600ml at Perth airport. Nappies that should have cost $14 were marked up by 50 per cent ($20) at Melbourne airport. Sunscreen almost doubled in price at Brisbane airport ($11.50 to $20), while the price for a regular flat white coffee was up nearly 20 per cent at Adelaide airport ($3.80 – $4.60).
Brad Gurrie, Managing Director at Travelzoo Australia, said airport visitors were deliberately being targeted and, in some cases, their expenditure at the airport could exceed the cost of a domestic stay in a luxury hotel.
“There are plenty of bargains out there when it comes to booking a flight or holiday and so it’s completely unacceptable holidaymakers then have to fork out such huge sums before they even get to the departure gate,” he said.

“Airport visitors are particularly vulnerable because they have nowhere else to go. We need investigation and potentially regulation to ensure they’re not paying over the odds before they fly.”
Travelzoo Australia, which has 700,000 subscribers, says confusing road traffic signs leading up to terminals and over-zealous airport attendants at drop off points help to funnel drivers into expensive short-stay car parks they never intended to use.
The investigation also revealed, away from the airport, security-friendly toiletries often cost more per 100ml than regular-sized products, and even public transport prices can increase if your final destination was the airport.
“These money-making tactics at our airports are enough to take the shine off any holiday – especially when you consider the difference in cost could be enough for an apartment stay on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.”
Travelzoo carefully selects and rigorously test-books travel and lifestyle deals that offer value for money. Its experienced team of journalists makes sure every deal it publishes is genuine, accurate and available.

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