Warm to big dis­counts on sunny win­ter breaks

Daily Express - - YOUR MONEY -

A DOSE of win­ter sun may be more af­ford­able than you think as an “un­prece­dented” hol­i­day price war has slashed the cost of es­cap­ing wet and windy Bri­tain.

De­mand has fallen with cash-strapped Bri­tons stay­ing at home to count the pen­nies and travel com­pa­nies have re­sponded by slash­ing prices by up to 56 per cent to en­tice them to change their minds. Prices are now at lev­els last seen in 1995, an in­cred­i­ble 22 years ago, ac­cord­ing to re­search from Trav­elSu­per­mar­ket.com.

A search on the site shows a two-night city break in Cologne with rooms now costs from £59 per per­son or seven nights in Malta from around £89, al­though prices change all the time.

Long-haul costs have also plum­meted with prices in key US des­ti­na­tions such as Florida and Las Ve­gas down more than a third. High-fliers can escape to Orlando for seven nights in­clud­ing a three-star ho­tel room from £352 each, de­part­ing from Manch­ester on Jan­uary 17, while a week in Mi­ami starts from £500.

Other top deals in­clude a week in a three-star ho­tel in St Peters­burg, Rus­sia, for £247 de­part­ing Heathrow on De­cem­ber 10, or £433 for seven nights at a three-star in Dubai de­part­ing Heathrow on Jan­uary 17.

Prices have also fallen sharply in the Mal­dives and Fez in Morocco. Trav­elSu­per­mar­ket spokes­woman Emma Coulthurst said emerg­ing city and beach des­ti­na­tions are com­pet­ing hard to win busi­ness from es­tab­lished tourist hotspots and low-cost air­lines are squeez­ing prices.

“Brits can re­ally make their bud­gets stretch,” she added.

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