Rush to book holidays after vaccine announcement

The good news of the vaccine launch in December has seen a surge in vacation searches and bookings in the UK.

Britons excited about the prospect of a vacation without fear of Covid have been looking for their spring / summer 2021 breaks.

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News of the December vaccine launch has spurred a surge in vacation searches and bookings in the UK Photo credit: BBC

According to Skyscanner, UK searches for travel increased 48 percent between April and August compared to last week.

Those willing to take the risk and book early could see huge savings this year as travel prices continue to be much cheaper than usual in 2021.

For example, flights to Spain in April start from £ 19 compared to an average price of £ 146, Greece in May from £ 41 compared to an average of £ 249 and Italy in June from £ 32 compared to the average price of £ 139.

Jo McClintock, Skyscanner’s Senior Global Brand Director, said: “For the past few months, travelers in the UK have responded to changes as they occur.

“It’s early days, of course, but when the promising vaccine news hit the headlines yesterday, we saw an immediate surge in searches for travel next spring and summer.”

Those looking to take a winter sun break in January can find some bargains with seven nights in Fuerteventura, including flights from £ 161 per person

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Those looking to take a winter sun break in January can find some bargains with seven nights in Fuerteventura, including flights from £ 161 per personImage Credit: Getty – Contributor

The travel supermarket also saw an immediate surge in interest on the Monday following the vaccine announcement, with a weekly increase of 54 percent.

Michael Vinales, General Manager of Olympic Holidays, told The Telegraph, “On Monday we saw a double digit increase in vacation searches compared to the previous Monday. Greece, Cyprus and the Canary Islands are the most in demand.

“Prices haven’t risen dramatically, but the holidays are starting to sell quickly.”

Those looking to take a winter sun break early in 2021 can find some bargains with seven nights in Fuerteventura including January flights from £ 161 per person.

Half-break in February can also be offered in the Canary Islands from £ 237 per person, while Mallorca spring break in May from £ 171 per person.

Here are some of the deals currently available for the 2021 Holidays:

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

Oasis Dunas Apartments in Corralejo, Fuerteventura – seven nights self-catering from February 2nd, from Luton – from £ 286 per person

Half board to Crete next April is also £ 250 per person

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Half board to Crete next April is also £ 250 per person Image credit: Nave Orgad

HL Club Playa Blanca Hotel, Playa Blanca – seven nights 4 * all inclusive from January 26th, flight from Liverpool – from £ 331 per person

4 * Pestana Carlton Madeira Funchal, Madeira, – seven nights with breakfast from February 1st from Bristol – from £ 375 per person

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

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

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