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Rush to book holidays after vaccine announcement – while 2021 trips are still cheap


GOOD NEWS of a vaccine roll-out in December has caused a surge in holiday searches and bookings in the UK. 

Brits boosted by the prospect of a holiday without fear of catching Covid have been searching for their spring / summer 2021 breaks. 

News of a vaccine roll-out in December has caused a surge in holiday searches and bookings in the UK

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News of a vaccine roll-out in December has caused a surge in holiday searches and bookings in the UK Credit: BBC

According to Skyscanner,   UK searches for travel between April and August are up 48 per cent compared to last week. 

Those prepared to take a risk and book early could make big savings this year,  as prices for travel in 2021 remain much cheaper than usual.

Flights to Spain in April for example are available from £19, compared to the average price of £146, Greece in May for £41, compared to the average price of £249, and Italy in June for £32, compared to the average price of £139.

Skyscanner’s Senior Global Brand Director, Jo McClintock said: “Over the last few months we’ve seen travellers in the UK reacting to changes as they happen. 

“Obviously, it’s early days but with the promising vaccine news hitting the headlines yesterday we did see an immediate spike in searches for travel next spring and summer.” 

Those looking to grab a winter sunshine break in January can get some bargains, with seven nights in Fuerteventura including flights from £161pp

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Those looking to grab a winter sunshine break in January can get some bargains, with seven nights in Fuerteventura including flights from £161ppCredit: Getty – Contributor

Travel Supermarket also saw an immediate spike in interest on Monday after the vaccine announcement, with a 54 per cent week on week uplift.

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Michael Vinales, Managing Director of Olympic Holidays told The Telegraph: “On Monday, we saw a double-digit increase in holiday searches compared to the previous Monday; with Greece, Cyprus and the Canary Islands being most in demand.

“Prices haven’t inflated hugely yet, but holidays are starting to sell fast.”

Those looking to grab a winter sunshine break in early 2021 can get some bargains, with seven nights in Fuerteventura including flights in January from £161pp. 

February half term holidays can also be had to the Canary Islands from £237pp, while spring breaks to Majorca in May are available from £171pp. 

Here are some of the offers currently available for 2021 holidays:

Fuerteventura Beach Club, Costa Caleta – seven nights 3* self-catering from January 12, flying from Luton – from £161pp

Oasis Dunas apartments in Corralejo, Fuerteventura – seven nights self-catering from February 2, flying from Luton – from £286pp

A half-board trip to Crete next April can also be found for £250pp

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A half-board trip to Crete next April can also be found for £250pp Credit: Nave Orgad

HL Club Playa Blanca Hotel, Playa Blanca – seven nights 4* all-inclusive from January 26, flying from Liverpool – from £331pp

4* Pestana Carlton Madeira Funchal, Madeira, – seven nights bed and breakfast from February 1, flying from Bristol – from £375pp

LABRANDA Golden Beach, Costa Calma – seven nights 3* all-inclusive from February 13, flying from Stansted – from £308pp 

Apartamentos Monte Feliz, Bahia Feliz – seven nights 3* self-catering from February 13, flying from Birmingham – from £237pp

Vantaris Palace Hotel, Georgioupolis, Crete – seven nights 4* half board from April 6, flying from Manchester – from £250pp

Puente Real  Hotel, Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol – seven nights 4* all-inclusive flying from Gatwick – from £338pp 

Pegasus Hotel, Roda, Corfu – seven nights bed and breakfast from May 9, flying from Luton – from £207pp





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