More book at last minute
November 2nd, 2010 by jason

This year an estimated 1.28 million people left booking their summer holiday until two weeks or less beforehand, and 818,000 left it till the last seven days. That’s according to new research from Sainsbury’s Credit Cards, which also found that 290,000

travelled to their resorts within 48 hours of making their booking.

The trend towards late booking is partly the result of economic uncertainty and partly because more people are seeking last minute bargains. However, most people still book well ahead, which gives the widest choice and peace of mind. The survey showed that 8.0 million people booked this year’s holiday at least six months ahead, with a further 12.6 million booking between one and five months beforehand.

Sainsbury’s estimates that a total of £5.46 billion of summer holiday expenditure was placed on credit cards, with the majority of people (58%) paying that off within a month.

Meanwhile, a poll of 2,000 British adults by Sainsbury’s Travel Insurance has found that 11 per cent of Britons holidaying abroad have been the victims of theft in the last five years. They lost an estimated total of £1.7bn of possessions, yet only just over half the victims (51%) reported the incident to local police, which is normally required if an insurance claim is to be made. The average value of the items stolen was £326 per person.

Pickpocketing was the most common form of theft (21%), followed by stealing from a car (17%), bag snatching (16%) and theft from a hotel room or villa (15%). Cash was stolen in 35% of cases, with cameras (15%) and mobile phones (14%) next in line.

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