Simon Calder offers advice on booking staycations for 2021
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The pandemic has hit Britons’ wallets. Even as the country goes back to a semblance of normal, pre-pandemic prices are hard to find.
It has now been revealed that self-catered accommodation in the UK is costing 40 percent more this summer than in 2019.
The rise in price is the equivalent of £300 more for a week in August.
The study was conducted by Which? with BBC Panorama, using data from AirDNA, which looks at websites such as Airbnb and Vrbo.
In 2019, it cost £109 a night for two people in Brighton.
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The price is now £206, or 89 percent more.
Cleaning and sanitation costs are now higher due to the pandemic.
But a woman interviewed by BBC also blamed the platforms.
She said: “If you’re booking by third-party advertising website, they’re putting commissions on the actual end price.”
The claim was refuted by Vrbo.
The platform said it “does not set, change or influence the property prices a host chooses”.
Whatever the reason for the remarkable rise in price, Britons foot the bill.
Staycations are now more expensive than a holiday abroad.
Which? compared a stay in the UK with overseas holidays, and even factoring in flights, it may be worth it to head to the continent.
A week in Brighton was found to be £1,131, while a stay in the south of France with hotel and flights was £1,085.
Even more remarkable, a week in the Lake District was £2,424 while flights and accommodation for a week in Lake Garda, Italy, was £802.
Which? travel editor Rory Boland said: “We’re not talking about £10, we’re not talking about the cost of a meal out. We’re talking hundreds and hundreds of pounds.”
And he did not believe all of it was down to the pandemic.
He added: “When we looked at it, accommodation prices in 2019 were more expensive in the UK than they were abroad.
“So this isn’t a pandemic problem only, the pandemic has made it worse.”
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