Cheapest days to grab a winter sun getaway

Winter sunseekers can snap up some serious discounts this festive season after a travel firm revealed the cheapest days to getaway – with some air fares as low as GBP11. Luxury travel firm Destination2 looked at the most popular destinations for UK travellers and found the cheapest – and most pricey – days to fly this festive season. Its data confirmed it’s possible to obtain huge savings for those with some flexibility and annual leave left to use this December.

Flights to the Maldives can be booked for as little as GBP268 from London Heathrow on December 10. However, travellers looking to travel a week later will be looking at a significant price hike – the most expensive day to travel to Male is December 17, when flights are GBP391. Travellers with some flexibility in the dates they’re willing to jet to the sun can make substantial savings.

Passengers could save an incredible GBP234 on winter sun holidays to Barbados, simply by opting to fly in early December rather than the week before Christmas.

Flights to Dubrovnik are GBP268 cheaper on December 15 rather than December 19, meaning plenty of savings on a Croatia Christmas holiday. And there are some great bargains to be had closer to home with December flights being sold for a basic price of just GBP11 to hotspots in Spain, Portugal, Malta and Greece. Will Collins, digital marketing manager at Destination2, said: “We’ve all heard the myth that flying on Christmas Day is worth it for the savings – however our study found that actually most cheap festive flights depart early in December.

So, travellers get the best of both worlds – take advantage of amazing offers on festive holidays and still spend the big day with your family. “There are some massive deals to be had on festive winter sun holidays this year. We’ve seen a big upturn in demand for bucket-list destinations like the Maldives and Dubai, with so many of us ready to splash out on a big holiday with loved ones after a year and a half of travel lockdowns.”

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Here’s a guide to the least expensive and priciest days to travel to a selection of resorts during the festive season.

Destination

Cheapest day

Price

Most expensive day

Price

Maldives

December 10

GBP268

December 17

GBP391.00

Portugal

December 7

GBP11

December 23

GBP67.00

Dubai

December 10

GBP57

December 25

GBP154.00

Malta

December 4

GBP11

December 3

GBP84.00

Barbados

December 3

GBP170

December 17

GBP404.00

Croatia

December 15

GBP62

December 19

GBP330.00

Spain

January 1

GBP11

December 8

GBP153.00

Iceland

January 1

GBP18

December 19

GBP96.00

Greece

December 5

GBP11

December 2

GBP79.00

Turkey

January 1

GBP59

December 20

GBP112.00

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