PRN: Car Hire Bargains as Prices Drop Across Popular Holiday Destinations
Car Hire Bargains as Prices Drop Across Popular Holiday Destinations
CHESTER, England, February 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
New research from TravelSupermarket has revealed that car hire is now up to 45 per cent cheaper than two years ago for key holiday periods in 2012. Car hire prices across Malaga, Alicante, Murcia, Palma, Tenerife and Faro all saw a drop in price from 2010 across Easter and Whit Week, with six of the eight also offering significant discounts in August.
The biggest savings were found during Whit week where prices were an average 26 per cent cheaper across the eight destinations. Car hire in Spain is a huge 34 per cent cheaper during the popular holiday week in 2012 compared to the same time in 2010, when booking on TravelSupermarket. The lowest price for a mini economy car in Malaga is Â£63.89 for eight days, a saving of 44 per cent on 2010 prices. This works out less that Â£8 per day. Â A medium family car in Alicante is Â£82.59, a huge Â£66.30 (45 per cent) cheaper than two years before.
In August, a peak holiday time for families, there is a similar story, with prices on average 17 per cent lower than in 2010, whilst Spanish destinations came in at a significant 27 per cent cheaper than two years ago. Only Heathrow (one per cent) and Nice (two per cent) showed marginal increases in the peak month of August. The start price for a people carrier in Palma is Â£186.11 for a week, 40 per cent cheaper than in 2010. A family car in Faro starts at Â£238.06, a significant Â£103.12 (30 per cent) cheaper than in 2010.
Finally, it might only be a matter of weeks away but the Easter period also offers strong reductions. Overall, prices were down by almost eight per cent, with Spain and its islands 22 per cent cheaper than in 2010. A mini economy car in Palma is available from Â£85.00 this Easter compared to Â£128.60 two years ago, a saving of 33 per cent. Start price for a large family car in Tenerife is Â£127.35, 40 per cent cheaper than in 2010 when the same car cost Â£211.62.
Average savings across popular destinations:
Average Average Average saving savings at savings in Destination at Easter (%) Whit (%) August (%) Malaga 25 35 26 Alicante 23 34 32 Murcia 29 35 22 Palma 12 42 31 Tenerife 20 15 20 Faro 4 37 2 Heathrow 22 2 -1 Nice 34 9 -2 Average 8 26 17 Average of Spanish destinations and islands 22 34 27
Easter - 2010 - 2012 (27 March - 3 April 10 vs. 7 April - 14 April 12), Whit - 2010 - 2012 (29 May 10 - 5 June 10 vs. 2 June - 9 June 12), Dates differ due to bank holidays, August - 2010 - 2012 (7 - 14 Aug 2010, 4 - 11 Aug 2012)
Prices sources 1 Feb 2010 and 13 Feb 2012, All 8 days car hire, airport to airport.
Sample savings Â
Destination and Difference car type 2010 price 2012 price Difference (%) (GBP) Mini economy Palma, Easter GBP128.60 GBP85.00 33% GBP42.82 Large family Tenerife, Easter GBP211.62 GBP127.35 40% GBP84.27 Mini economy Malaga, Whit GBP114.73 GBP63.89 44% GBP50.84 Medium Family Alicante, Whit GBP148.89 GBP82.59 45% GBP66.30 People carrier Palma, August GBP312.00 GBP186.11 40% GBP125.89 Large family Faro, August GBP341.18 GBP238.06 30% GBP103.12
Bob Atkinson, travel expert from TravelSupermarket commented: "This research offers great news for holidaymakers who may have either not yet booked their holiday car hire or have been put off hiring a car altogether in fear of high prices and trying to reign in family travel expenditure.
"This year, the Spanish mainland and its islands, in particular, are significantly cheaper than two years ago. The changes in prices are due to the effects of the credit crunch on fleets plus changes in demand; however, these low prices are current and are likely to go up as more people leave it late to make their main holiday bookings. So if you have already reserved your holiday now is the time to book your car hire and the easiest way to do that is using a comparison site like TravelSupermarket. You will save a packet and guarantee your car, giving you the ultimate freedom on your trip."
Bob Atkinson's booking tips:
Notes to Editors:
* A medium family car in Alicante in Whit week is Â£82.59 vs. Â£148.89 in 2010. A saving of Â£66.30 or 45 per cent
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