Thousand of Brits that use Wi-Fi connections to access the web when they are travelling, are getting ripped-off, says Expedia.co.uk.
Research by the holiday website into Wi-Fi rates at hotel chains across the world revealed that Venice in Italy is the most expensive location in the world to log-on via Wi-Fi, with web access costing an average of €7.40 (£6.55) per hour. Florida in the US is the cheapest, with Wi-Fi connections costing, on average, €0.90 (79p) per hour.
Expedia.co.uk also highlighted that hotels with a lower star rating are more likely to offer free Wi-Fi access than higher-rated hotels, while the variety of pricing models available, from hourly to daily rates, means comparison is not always easy.
"In the 21st century, getting online while you travel should be simple and cost effective - instead it seems it is confusing and overpriced." says Alison Couper, communications director, Expedia.co.uk.
"Simply dropping one or two hotel star ratings is a great way to reduce your travel budget in 2009, and as our research shows it can reap even more rewards in terms of free Wi-Fi and other added extras, whether you're a business traveller or going on holiday."
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