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Subscription services are all the rage these days – although we won’t be introducing one – but Opodo may have gone too far

Despite not entirely covering itself in glory during the pandemic in the way it has dealt with customers, Opodo believes that you are willing to pay £59.99 to become an Opodo Prime member.

You can learn more about Opodo Prime here.

What is Opodo Prime?

Opodo Prime is basically a membership programme offering discounts on your travel.

The headline benefits are a little vague:

  • “Discounts on 100% of flights
  • Up to 50% off on accommodation
  • Equal savings for everyone travelling with the Prime member
  • Free exclusive customer service hotline 24/7″

Here are the promised savings on flight costs:

  • £0 – £149 – average saving of £25
  • £150 – £299 – average saving of £30
  • £300 – £499 – average saving of £35
  • Over £500 – up to £65

It isn’t entirely sure how Opodo is funding these savings, given that airlines offer minimal commission on flight sales. I imagine that much of it is Opodo simply reversing out its booking fee. Opodo is usually more expensive than booking a flight direct so Prime may not offer much of a discount overall.

Importantly, the Prime discount applies to up to nine people on the same booking. If you are regularly booking flights for a large group then it will be easier to save.

Here’s an example

I looked at a return flight from Heathrow to Miami in August.

The headline price of £577 was reduced to £544. This means that, for two people, the Prime membership fee is immediately covered.

However, when I looked on the American Airlines website for the price of booking the same flight direct, it was only £561.

You were still making a saving with Opodo Prime, but only £17 per passenger. A family of four would still see their £59.99 fee covered with one booking.

To be fair to Opodo ….

The only way to join Opodo Prime is when making a booking.

You will be offered the opportunity to add Prime, for £59.99, and the Prime saving will be immediately deducted.

This means that you can make an educated decision at that point. If the saving was over £60 then joining is a no-brainer. If it is close, you might want to join in the anticipation of making additional savings over the following 12 months.

There is a one month free trial

Importantly, you will currently receive a one month free trial. You can sign up, take the discount on your current booking, and then cancel before your £59.99 fee is taken.

Once you have joined, your membership will automatically renew each year unless you cancel it.

You can find out more about Opodo Prime on its website here. There is also a clone called eDreams Prime at which offers exactly the same benefits from an identical website.

Comments (39)

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  • Andrew says:

    Ok, I’m hopeful about a Canada trip this summer, so have just priced up the flight with max one stop 7th August out LON-YQB, 14th August back YYZ-LON.

    Best Price on Opodo – £1688.10. (LHR-YYZ on BA, (overnight), YYZ-YQB Westjet. YYZ to LON via Lisbon on TAP). It drops to £1399 if you are willing to take the train between Montreal and Quebec City.

    Best Price on Westjet (with overnight in YYZ on outbound) £533, Air Canada £653.

    I’d rather book direct I think…

  • Char Char says:

    It is only worth it if you will save money by taking it up vs other cheaper alternatives, they probably expect more business by getting people coming back or forgetting to cancel like some other cheapo airlines do

  • kitten says:

    Opodo? really? what is their USP?



  • Liam says:

    I never had a bad experience with an OTA pre-Covid, and sometimes was able to get some excellent deals. I think LHR-JFK return in regular economy on VS for £280 was probably the best. With the exception of Amex Travel (or, in the US, Chase’s equivalent) I would always go direct with the airline now, though. It’s just so much easier when it comes to rescheduling/cancelling., even if it could mean paying a small premium.

  • Artan says:

    Very rude staff and they hold my money 3 months I will never book anything with them again they don’t know how to look after costumers

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