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Families Pay Double in School Summer Holidays

Tuesday August 16, 2011

Families Pay Double in School Summer Holidays

Families taking holidays in Lanzarote and other popular destinations during the school summer break can expect to pay double the price versus other times of the year, according to research recently released by Spanish bank Santander. With tourists departing from London especially likely to be paying an additional premium for their trip to the sun.

Research recently conducted by Santander reveals that foreign family holidays cost twice as much during the school summer holidays than they would at other times of the year. As travel companies continue to hike prices at peak times. With the average price difference amounting to as much as £800.

Santander's research is based on the cost of a family of four taking a week long holiday in five popular holiday destinations; Algarve, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Orlando in Florida, and Chania in Crete. With research revealing that families of two adult and two children are paying as much as 92% more for a break taken between the 22nd and 29th of August as they would for the same holiday taken between the 12th and the 19th of September, when the school term is underway again.

Research also revealed that your choice of departure airport can also impact heavily on the price you pay. With holiday packages departing from London subject to an average additional price premium of 48%. Whilst by comparison families departing from Manchester would pay 38% more on average.

According to a Santander spokesperson: "High demand means overseas holidays will inevitably be subject to some price inflation during peak season." However, at a time when many families are suffering financially from the rising cost of living, it is difficult to justify some of these premiums. There are bargains out there though, if holidaymakers shop around  "particularly for those who are able to book a trip at the last minute or are flexible in terms of where and when they travel."

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