Travel websites were accused last week of misleading the public by advertising low package-holiday prices that did not include compulsory hidden extras.

The Trading Standards Institute, which published the report, said “budget holiday companies” were to blame. The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) agreed, adding that some “no-frills” companies had refused to sign up to its code of practice calling for inclusive pricing.

However, a survey last week by the Travel section revealed that the use of hidden must-have supplements is widespread, with all of Britain’s “big four” tour operators guilty.

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