The Scotland-based metasearch company argued that the original ruling by Britain’s Office of Fair Trading restricted consumer access to discounts.
Skyscanner took its case to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), which ruled in its favour and sent the case back to the CMA.
CMA had accepted commitments from Expedia, Booking.com and Intercontinental Hotels Group, which meant consumers would need to join a membership scheme, or closed group, to view discounted pricing for hotel rooms in the UK. So the deals would only be visible to members, who would have to make one full price booking through the scheme in order to claim a discount. So the appeal has won because ‘This reduced transparency in pricing and potentially hindered competition in the online travel market.’
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