Package holiday prices have plunged by as much as 54 per cent year-on-year with bookings surging in line the introduction of a Covid vaccine.
Holiday comparison website TravelSupermarket investigated the average prices for breaks this year compared to January 2020 and found there were bargains to be had among destinations searched online .
Most popular search for a seven-night holiday between May and October 2021 was Crete, with prices to the destination falling 10 per cent year-on-year, according to TravelSupermarket.
Second most popular destination was Tenerife with reductions of 13 per cent, while packages to third-placed Majorca were down by nine per cent.
Biggest falls were in The Algarve, in Portugal, were prices had plummeted by 54 per cent following the UK Government announcement that flights to Portugal had been banned because of fears over a new strain of coronavirus.
May to July were most in-demand months but there appears to be interest in travel from early Spring with many people waiting for positive signals from the Government.
Emma Coulthurst, of the TravelSupermarket, said: “Crete is offering some great prices for 2021 and remained off the quarantine list for most of last year which probably explains its position on the list. Plus, it’s a fab holiday destination – I went there in October and absolutely loved it.
“My guess as to why the Maldives and Dubai and Barbados are in the top 10 is because they have been very open and encouraging of British visitors before the current travel restrictions and remained virtually covid free.
“I don’t think it is a coincidence that six of the destinations on the list are Islands, many of which have seen low virus incidence.”
Top 10 most searched for destinations are:
- Paris/Disneyland Paris
- Las Vegas
Meanwhile travel expert Paul Charles, of The PC Agency, tweeted: “I’m hearing from a large number of my clients that holiday bookings are “off the charts” for staycations and European trips. Confidence appears to be returning as the # UK vaccine programme rolls out. Consumers want to spend and have something to dream about