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Half Term Holiday Price Hikes Hit UK Families

Thursday February 17, 2011

Half Term Holiday Price Hikes Hit UK Families

British families hoping to escape to Lanzarote over the coming half term break face price hikes of 269%. According to reports this morning in the UK national press. With those flying from airports in the south east facing the largest increases.

The findings have been revealed in a recent survey conducted by Santander cards which was conducted across five popular holiday destinations; Lanzarote, Mallorca, Florida, Gran Canaria and Crete.

The survey found that on average families taking holidays over the half term week will be paying 53% more than if they had travelled two weeks later. Adding an average of £1,132 for a family of four.

Lanzarote emerged as the hardest hit of these five destinations. As one four star resort in particular was found to be charging £6,339 for a family of four. Up from just £1,720 a fortnight later. A whopping increase of £4,619.  A difference that makes planning holidays outside of school holidays tempting for all!

Holidaymakers with package deals that include flights to Lanzarote from airports in the south east such as Gatwick were also found to be paying more than the national average at 67%.

Ian Coles, director at Santander Cards, said: "At a time when the cost of living is rising sharply and many families are still feeling the pinch, it's hard to justify such massive premiums." However this is hardly a new phenomenon, as holiday companies have been charging higher prices during peak school holiday periods for many years.

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