In a step to advocate for its customers’ right to free choice, the travel company decides it will take a stand
Kiwi.com has announced it will provide assistance in case legal action is taken against its customers for alleged breach of unreasonable terms of the airlines, namely so called throwaway ticketing and similar practices.
It was recently revealed by CNN that Lufthansa is suing a customer for using a discounted fare, as other airlines have done in the past.
The contract of carriage that airlines use may often be confusing — and can lead to legal consequences that are unreasonable.
If a customer travelling with tickets bought through Kiwi.com finds themselves on the receiving end of such unreasonable actions, the company will offer assistance to its customers in such lawsuits and, if reasonable for the solution of the case after prior agreement with Kiwi.com, also cover legal fees.
Kiwi.com says it would like to clear the waters surrounding contracts of carriage and the consumers’ right to choose how they use the product they purchase.
Oliver Dlouhý, Kiwi.com’s CEO, said: “At Kiwi.com we want to make travel better for everyone.
“We want to make it clear that we will always stay on the side of our customers in relation to predatory behaviour while making sure they always have access to the best deals.”
David Liškutin, Chief Legal Officer at Kiwi.com, said: “The legal situation related to certain airline’s conditions of carriage is confusing and complicated for travellers, and it is hard to foresee certain legal outcomes of their travel behaviour.
“We hold a rather liberal point of view because we trust in free will and the right to free choice in respect to the use of the product customers purchase from service providers, including airlines.
“We think that customers should have the liberty to choose whether they will use the service and to what extent, without the risk of being penalised.
“In this regard, we offer them our aid in the case they are sued for exercising their right to free choice.”
Dlouhý continued: “Our customers are always at the front of our minds — even if it means helping them in the legal area in cases such as these.
“We know much of the travel industry is broken and built on archaic structures that benefit the big players. We want to be part of the solution, not the problem, and invite everyone to join us in a common goal — making travel better.”