Research by Butter, a UK Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) travel agency, has revealed that holidaymakers face a higher cost when looking to jet away this summer should they opt for a destination designated as green in the Government’s traffic light tier system.
The Government announced which countries are listed as green, amber and red, with green locations requiring no quarantine on return home to the UK, with a test required on or before two days upon return.
This will no doubt make green-sanctioned countries more popular as amber destinations still require 10 up to days self isolation at home, while red destinations still require 10 days of isolation in a Government approved hotel at a considerable cost of £1,750.
The green-listed destinations announced include Gibraltar, Israel, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore amongst a number of others. The bad news? Butter’s research shows that it will cost considerably more to book a holiday in the first place.
Butter analysed the average cost of a seven day holiday in each destination for both hotels and flights before looking at the average cost based on their current designated traffic light colour.
The research found that with an average of £981 for a seven day trip, green tier destinations are by far the most expensive. In fact, they came in 35% more expensive than the average cost of a seven day holiday in amber tier destinations (£727).
At £833 on average, red tier destinations were home to a higher holiday cost than amber, however, green tier destinations were still 18% more expensive than red tier locations.
Timothy Davis, Co-Founder and CEO of Butter, says, “Holidaymakers will now be climbing over each other to book a trip away to a green tier destination this summer, having not been able to take a proper holiday in quite some time. With any luck, we’ll also see some more amber destinations hit the green list before the summer comes and this will give consumers even more choice when looking to travel.”