Published on : Saturday, January 13, 2018
easyJet, Europe’s leading airline has teamed up with international house and pet sitting business, TrustedHousesitters, to form a partnership that will make it easier for pet owners and animal lovers to travel – and to explore Europe in a different way.
easyJet customers will be able to choose a free house sitter for their pet or find free accommodation as a house and pet sitter when booking flights on easyJet.com. The service is due to launch early in 2018.
The move follows a survey of easyJet customers that revealed how the majority of pet owners would travel more if they had better access to pet care.
Of the customers 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 their website.
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.”
TrustedHousesitters Managing Director Tim Lyons said:
“There are millions of pet owners in desirable locations all over the world without adequate pet care, we can now enable them to travel more often with peace of mind, boosting tourism while giving people more authentic travel experiences. This helps make travel easier and more affordable all round.
“Our speciality is connecting people with authentic and amazing places to stay which include the company of an adorable pet, easyJet’s speciality is getting people there – I think we will make a great team.”
Andy Peck, founder of TrustedHousesitters commented:
“Pet owners struggle due to a variety of reasons, the biggest of these is peace of mind and the cost of kennels and catteries. Vets tell us that pets are happier in their familiar home environments. But it doesn’t always work to ask busy friends and family to pop in to check on pets, or to pay hundreds on top of your holiday for live-in pet care. We’re here to help people enjoy more travel and it’s great that easyJet sees the importance in this.”
easyJet and TrustedHousesitters were connected as part of easyJet’s investment into Founders Factory, the corporate backed startup accelerator and incubator founded by Brent Hoberman and Henry Lane Fox.