January 30, 2012 10:01 ET

As GTA MPs Land in Ottawa for The First Sitting of 2012 Parliament Spending Research Finds Federal Government Could Save Significantly on Airfares

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 30, 2012) - With the majority of Canada's 307 Members of Parliament due to attend The 69th sitting of Parliament this morning, FlightNetwork.com, one of Canada's leaders in online travel, elected to take a close look at the real costs of MP travel.

While government spending is essential, there are many areas, such as air travel, where shopping for savings could be significant.

In July of 2011, FlightNetwork.com introduced its innovative Price Drop Protection (PDP) plan. If you book a flight with FlightNetwork.com and the cost of that flight drops after you book, you get the difference credited back.

*Research recently conducted by FlightNetwork.com found that Parliament could save as much as $1,148,613 on their annual air travel budget for MPs and their employees by taking advantage of FlightNetwork.com's PDP program when booking flights. Locally, Greater Toronto Area (GTA) MPs could collectively save approximately $74,001 on air travel annually.

"We implemented Price Drop Protection to help our customers save money, and relieve a major pain point when purchasing flights," said Naman Budhdeo, CEO of FlightNetwork.com. "While air travel is essential for our government officials, yearly travel budgets are significant. We want to save the government and ultimately Canadian taxpayers' money, and we trust our elected officials to find the best use for the savings."

*FlightNetwork.com researched MP travel budgets for the 2010-2011 fiscal year using The House of Commons Individual Member's Expenditures For The Fiscal Year 2010-2011 report.

About FlightNetwork.com (www.flightnetwork.com)

As one of Canada's leaders in online travel, FlightNetwork.com delivers the lowest airfares from the top airlines by offering consumers access to over 2 million bulk rates on cheap flights negotiated with major airlines. Its proprietary flight booking engine offers last second booking and the exclusive ability to 'mix and match' fares - the only Canadian online travel agency that allows booking on different airlines for departure and return flights to get the lowest fares possible. Backing up Flight Network's award winning online service are over 120 insightful travel specialists in the FlightNetwork.com call centre who ensure that customers successfully book the best travel deals.

FlightNetwork.com's Price Drop Protection plan is a unique, free program, exclusive to FlightNetwork.com customers on all economy flights, vacations and hotels. The Price Drop Deal covers up to a $100 drop on USA and international flights, and unlimited drops on domestic flights, vacations and hotel bookings. If you book with FlightNetwork.com, and the price drops after you book, you will get the difference credited back.

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