Mid-term travel bonus gets worse

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Airlines have hiked the price of international flights mid-term as Britons rush to get away after two years of Covid lockdown.

Flights from the UK to European destinations between Monday May 30 and Friday June 3 are a third more expensive than the previous week, according to Kayak, a comparison site.

He also found that mid-term prices are now higher than they were before the pandemic. Overall, mid-term flight costs were about 20% higher than three years ago.

Flights to Geneva in Switzerland saw the biggest increase, followed by Bucharest, Prague, Amsterdam and Berlin.

Prices for domestic and long-haul flights were not significantly different during the break, Kayak said, meaning those planning a vacation or traveling further afield shouldn’t expect to pay much more.

However, the higher prices haven’t deterred travelers determined to get away from it after two years of closure.

Online searches for the midterm trips were 6% higher than in 2019, Kayak said, while searches for the rest of the summer were about 30% higher than three years ago.

Search engine Skyscanner said that despite rising costs, good deals could still be found by travelers booking at the last minute.

A spokesperson said: “Half-term last-minute trips have accounted for a good portion of our bookings over the past few weeks. There are still great deals to be had midway through for those who know how to shop around.

“Travelers who have a bit of flexibility with dates and airports, or who are able to mix and match airlines, are usually able to get the best prices.”

Meanwhile, rental car prices jumped 135% over Easter and are set to rise further, according to consumer group Which? Some places ran out of cars during the February semester.

Rory Boland, of Which?, said: “We have seen tempting price increases for car hire in several popular European destinations – and families planning mid-term trips can expect to pay significantly more than they wouldn’t have before the pandemic. ”

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