When it comes to going on holiday, there are a number of ways you can go about booking your much-needed break, whether that's within the UK or overseas.
Some people like to sort all the individual elements of their trip themselves, such as the hotel, flights and transfers (often referred to as a DIY holiday) others may well have their very own holiday home on these shores or abroad, whilst many find that the easiest way to ensure everything is taken care of is to book a package.
In fact, there are many key advantages to booking a package getaway as opposed to doing it yourself, the main one being price, as backed up by a recent consumer study carried out by Which?
A report was undertaken to determine how best travellers could save money when it comes to booking holidays, comparing packages available online from five UK airports via Jet2holidays and Tui and similar DIY breaks, finding that in eight out of 10 cases, packages were cheaper – with the biggest difference including a £400 saving on a holiday to Greece.
This research suggests consumers could save hundreds of pounds by taking the package route as opposed to doing it themselves, with the average saving across the eight packages that were cheaper than a DIY holiday working out at £157.
As detailed in the Package Travel Regulations 2018, customers are legally entitled to a refund in full within 14 days if the holiday was canceled by the provider.
On top of this, the vast majority of package breaks including flights are also protected under the ATOL scheme, as long as it has been booked through a UK provider, which means should the tour operator enter financial difficulties and be forced to go out of business before a customer has travelled, they will still get their money back.
Many UK holidaymakers that booked a package were able to get either a refund or vouchers for breaks impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, whilst some that booked a DIY trip were unable to get all or even part of their cash back if flights were still operating and hotels open, even if the UK restrictions prevented them from actually being able to get to their intended destination.
The Which? study found that even when DIY breaks did work out slightly cheaper than packages, the amount was negligible (the maximum saving was just £31pp) compared with the extra protection travellers would receive should they opt for a package.
The ease, price and extra financial protection means package holidays are a much more attractive proposition for UK travellers, as reinforced by this research carried out by Which? So don't delay, compare your next package break now and find the well-deserved getaway you need!
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