The half term travel premium is getting worse

Airlines have ratcheted up international flight prices at mid-term as Brits rush to get away after two years of Covid lockdowns.

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

It has also been noted that mid-term prices are now higher than before the pandemic. Overall, flight costs in the first six months were around 20 percent 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 didn’t differ significantly during the break, Kayak said, meaning those planning to stay or travel further afield shouldn’t expect to pay much more.

However, higher prices have not deterred travelers determined to get away after two years of lockdown.

Online searches for mid-year travel were 6 percent higher than in 2019, Kayak said, while searches for the rest of the summer were about 30 percent higher than three years ago.

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

A spokesman said: “Last minute travel halfway through the semester has been a good proportion of our bookings over the past few weeks. There are still good mid term deals out there for those who know how to shop around.

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

Meanwhile, car rental prices rose 135 per cent over Easter and will continue to rise, according to consumer group Which. Cars ran out at some locations in February.

Rory Boland, of which?, said: “We’ve seen some staggering increases in rental car prices in several popular European destinations – and families planning to travel this semester can expect to pay a lot more than they did before the pandemic. ” The half term travel premium is getting worse

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