- Government has removed the Amber List
- Dubai, Italy and Spain top places for October half term break this year
- We reveal some of the most popular destinations, including Dubai and Tenerife
The week in which the Ember listing was liquidated has been a last-minute dash for bookings for the October half-period, with flight prices 130 percent cheaper than in the same period two years ago, new data showed.
According to an analysis by Skyscanner, there has been a 72 percent increase in bookings after the government relaxed the travel rules.
It found that the most popular vacation destinations for the October half-term break included Dubai, Alicante and Tenerife, with the largest Canary Islands, a 130 percent drop in prices since the same period in 2019, per Flights average £130.
Those wishing to fly to Dubai can also find return flights for £370 which is 50 percent cheaper than in October 2019.
Families can go abroad this October for flights and accommodation for less than £140
Meanwhile, many are keen to move to Spain, with Alicante, Málaga, Palma and Barcelona coming in the top ten hotspots booked in the past two weeks.
Trips to Alicante were found to be 61 percent cheaper than two years earlier, with an average seat price of £102.
Málaga and Antalya are also popular destinations with return seats averaging £95 and £179 respectively.
This is 67 per cent and 64 per cent cheaper than the October half-term in 2019.
Other heavily booked destinations include Dublin, Amsterdam, Faroe, Canary Islands, Cyprus, Rome, Malta and the Algarve.
Skyscanner’s Gavin Harris said: ‘For those booking the half-period break, there are tons of great deals out there right now. Even the most popular destinations are on average cheaper at the moment than before the pandemic.
‘Travelers looking further afield than the most popular locations will find the best deals at the lowest prices with some of the less obvious destinations.
“The booking volume is increasing as a result of the recent relaxation in travel rules and we expect this to continue to increase as we get closer to the school holiday.”
Prices may fluctuate as a result of increasing supply to meet demand, but many providers have vowed to make travel accessible to all and are keeping prices low to compete for bookings.
‘Even if prices go up, for many destinations it may still be a better deal for your travels than it was pre-pandemic.’
Dubai is one of the most popular destinations for half-October holidays at £370 per seat
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It’s money with the help of Skyscanner and TravelSuperMarket put together some of the half-term trips for October.
where: Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate, 5 Star, B&B
When: Return trip, departure from Liverpool from 24 October to 31 October
How much: £578 per person for flights and accommodation
What to do: One of the most luxury destinations in the world, travelers visiting Dubai can enjoy lively nights along with high-end shopping.
It is also home to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world.
where: AC Hotel Alicante by Marriott, 4 star. B&B
When: Return trip, departing Glasgow from 23 October to 31 October
How much: £140 per person for flights and accommodation
What to do: Alicante’s old town, Barrio de la Santa Cruz, a port city on the Costa Blanca, is home to a number of bars and restaurants.
Many will also head to its many beaches.
Holidaymakers can travel from Manchester to Dublin this October for £39 per person
where: Hilton Dublin Kilmenham, 4 Star, B&B
When: Return trip, departure from Manchester from 23 October to 31 October
How much: £149 per person for flights and accommodation
What to do: There are many places to visit in Dublin including the Guinness Factory, Kilmenham Gaol and Dublin Castle.
It is also known for Temple Bar, a busy street with many bars and restaurants.
where: XO Hotel Blue Square, 4 Star, B&B
When: Depart Stansted October 26 for three nights for two adults and two schoolchildren
How much: £156 per person for flights and accommodation
What to do: There is plenty to do in Amsterdam including boat trips down the historic canals, visiting the Van Gogh Museum, and seeing the home of Anne Frank.
The nightlife is also famous with a large selection of bars and restaurants to visit.
where: Holiday Inn Express Barcelona, 3 Star, B&B
When: Departs Manchester for three nights on 24 October for two adults and two schoolchildren
How much: £132 per person for flights and accommodation
What to do: Travelers to Barcelona can visit La Sagrada Familia and Parque Guel – both designed by Spanish architect Gaudí.
Those who want to relax can walk along the long stretch of beach at the edge of town or go shopping along Las Ramblas.
Travelers can visit Amsterdam to see many sights including the Flower Market
where: Guest Rooms Cosmopolita, 3 Star, B&B
When: Departs Luton on 26 October for three nights for two adults and two schoolchildren
How much: £101 per person for flights and accommodation
What to do: Poland’s second largest city has a varied history and travelers can explore it by visiting museums and other historical sites including the Wawel Royal Castle and the Cloth Hall.
Krakow’s Old Town is one of its most famous attractions and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
where: Quinta das Figueirinhas, Porch, 3 Star, Self Catering
When: East Midlands Departure…