OK, Christmas is over, a New Year is on its way. And we’ve all got holidays in our sights. Loveholidays.com says traffic over the past few days was up more than 60% on last year with searches for both winter sun and summer deals. AND the holiday sales are on!
The most popular destinations for bookings are Tenerife, Majorca, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Spain, The Algarve, Cyprus, Greece, Dubai and Mexico.
ABTA, the travel association, says the destinations to watch this year are Andalucía (Spain), Azores (Portugal), Bermuda, Chile, Country Kerry (Ireland), Croatia, Denmark, Kerala (India), Sardinia (Italy), South Africa, The Southern States (USA) and Vietnam.
And a Post Office Travel Money report says holidaymakers who want to escape to the sun on a bargain New Year break in early January will find the best bargains in Cyprus and the Canary Islands.
The sales are already on and here are some of the best deals:
Thomas Cook has launched early booking offers with an extra £100 off per person, £200 off per couple and £400 per family, for selected breaks booked now for summer. The company is also providing low deposits of £25 per person for bookings made using the direct debit scheme. See Thomas Cook
Loveholidays has savings of up to 50% off holidays including three-star hotels in Spain from just £95 per person, the Greek Islands from £132 per person and the Canary Islands from £146 per person. Available for bookings made before January 29. See Love Holidays
Wendy Wu Tours has launched its largest ever selection of offers this January – offering customers the opportunity to upgrade to a fully-flat in-flight bed for free when booking a tour to Asia. The offers are available from January 2-31 on selected escorted group and private tours to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, India, Sri Lanka and Japan tours. See Wendy Wu
TUI and First Choice has launched a range of savings and early-booking offers including thousands of free kids’ places, low deposits across summer and winter holidays and savings of up to £300 per couple. See TUI and First Choice
Sandals Resorts in the Caribbean has launched a sale with up to 60% off their Love Nest Suite collection, which includes a Butler Elite service, 24-hour room service, private transfers and check-ins, his and hers plush robes with bed slippers, in-suite bar restocked daily with premium brand spirits, and more.
Additional savings include an extra £150 off per couple on seven-nine night stays, an extra £200 off per couple on stays of ten nights or longer and deals on return and one way upgrades with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. See Sandals
Eurocamp are offering thousands of family holidays including for Easter and May half-term for under £350. See Eurocamp
Luxury travel company Sovereign is offering an extra £100 off holidays on top of its sale prices up until December 31, with deals starting from £755 per person. See Sovereign
Canadian Affair, the UK’s leading tour operator to Canada, has launched its biggest sale of the year, with discounts of up to £140 per person on a range of packages, for bookings made until January 31. See Canadian Affair
Italian specialists Citalia, has a flash sale until December 31 – a further £50 discount on holidays of seven nights or more, on top of the 35% savings already on offer. See Citalia
easyJet Holidays has discounts of up to £100 per booking made before the end of January on selected holiday dates. See easyJet Holidays
Travelodge is kick starting 2017 by offering 1.2 million rooms for £29 or less for next year. Stay dates are between January 1 and October 27. See Travelodge
Hayes and Jarvis has put every holiday on sale until January 31. They include breaks from £699 per person for a five night trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls. See Hayes and Jarvis
Leading Australasia specialist, Austravel, has a sale running until January 31, with a discount of up to 30% on all bookings. Prices start from £795 per person. See Austravel
P&O Cruises is offering extra on board spending money on every outside, balcony and suite cruise holiday if booked before February 28. See P&O Cruises
Cosmos Tours has launched its best ever discounts and extra value offers across touring, cruise and beach holidays, for bookings before February 28. See Cosmos
Airport transfer company Hoppa are offering 20% off new bookings made before December 31. Use the code HOPPA20 at Hoppa