There's nothing more annoying than spotting a great price while browsing flights, only to have it rise when you actually go back to book it. Which is why one flight and hotel booking platform's new initiative is bound to be very popular.

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Price Freeze is designed to help customers lock in airfares for up to a week © Joseph Branston/Future via Getty Images

Hopper has launched an aptly-named tool called Price Freeze that is designed to help customers lock in airfares for up to a week. Its research indicated that the average flight changes price 17 times in just two days for domestic flights, and 12 times if it’s international. It says that on a high traffic route like New York to London, that price can change up to 70 times in the space of two days.

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Hopper has launched a tool called Price Freeze © Hopper

Hopper monitors over 30 billion flight and hotel prices per day and sends customers a push notification when it detects a great deal. However, you may not be able to book it right then for various reasons. Using the Price Freeze tool, you can "freeze" a flight deal to hold that price for a short window from one to seven days, so that you can come back to book it at a more convenient time.

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The average flight changes price 17 times in just two days for domestic flights © SDI Productions/Getty Images

You simply pay a small deposit to freeze the flight price, and you’ll be reimbursed for your full deposit amount of between $1 to $40 when you book that flight, or any flight, on Hopper within your Price Freeze window. The tool is available on 90% of all flight routes sold on Hopper.

For further information, please see Hopper's website here.

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