is the “last minute” still commendable despite inflation?

Geoffrey Branger, edited by Gauthier Delomez
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1:22 p.m., July 02, 2022

To take advantage of the summer holidays despite inflation, some French people have chosen to wait for “last minute” offers before booking. At the microphone of Europe 1, Jean-Pierre Mas, president of Travel Companies, explains why this strategy ultimately turns out to be less profitable than in previous years.

In recent years, before going on vacation, some French people have chosen to go about it at the last minute to take advantage of so-called “last minute” offers. A rather losing strategy this year because of inflation, believes Jean-Pierre Mas, president of Travel Companies, on Europe 1. “The French have rather anticipated their summer holidays, and those who have not will pay dearly for them,” he explains.

“It’s the law of supply and demand,” continues Jean-Pierre Mas. “There are fewer places, less availability, especially no sales and air transport prices which have increased significantly”, he explains at the microphone of Europe 1.

20 to 25% more expensive for a trip to Greece compared to last March

This first weekend of July 2022 contrasts with the last few years, underlines the president of Travel Companies. “In 2018 and 2019, there was still the possibility, by taking it a little late, of being able to benefit from some opportunities. This is no longer the case today”, he comments, before to rely on an example.

“Let’s take a trip to Greece. If you anticipated it in March, it will cost you around 5,000 euros (average price). If you want to do it today for next week, it will cost you between 20 and 25 % more expensive”, advances Jean-Pierre Mas. Advantage therefore to those who have booked earlier for the summer of 2022.


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