Brits book last-minute hols just 7 days before travelling – here are the best deals with easyJet, TUI and Jet2 from £171

BRITS are booking trips just a week before travelling as quarantine restrictions, changing travel advice and worsening UK weather sees holidaymakers opting for a last-minute break abroad.

TUI, using booking data of passengers who had recently bought a trip abroad, found that families are booking holidays up to just seven days ahead of travel.

Some were booking trips with just one days notice.

Many Brits are concerned regarding travel restrictions, many of which are introduced by the UK government at short notice, as well as spiralling coronavirus cases abroad.

France, Spain and Croatia have all been added to the UK quarantine list in recent weeks, with Brits given less than 48 hours to get home to avoid the two-week self-isolation period.

Instead, Brits are fitting in last-minute holidays to get some sun and sand – especially as the UK heatwave ends – while countries remain on the safe list.

Portugal, for example, was added to the UK safe list last week, resulting in hundreds of flights soaring price, while Greece has overtaken Spain in popularity after the latter was added to the quarantine list.

This also means there are some great holiday bargains if you can fly in the next week or so.

Tour operators have cheap deals from £171pp, which all fly in the next few weeks to Greece, Portugal and Turkey.

  • Seven nights and return flights with TUI, including 15kg luggage and transfers – from £171pp
  • Seven nights and return flights with Jet2 including 22kg luggage and transfers – from £217pp
  • Seven nights with return with flights easyJet Holidays including 23kg bags and transfers – from £258pp

Booking holidays far in advance is not advised, according to travel experts, due to the risk of travel advice adjustments.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps warned travellers that any air bridge could be axed at short notice after three countries were added to the quarantine list last week.

He said: "As with all air bridge countries, please be aware that things can change quickly.

"Only travel if you are content to unexpectedly 14-day quarantine if required."

Here are some more holiday deals for the next month to Greece, Portugal and Turkey where you won't have to quarantine.

If you're not willing to go abroad, there are some last-minute UK deals too.

From £14pp a night, you can easily stay for the long bank holiday weekend at a hotel or holiday park.

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