Cheaper TUI and Jet2 Portugal vacations after the announcement of the green list – which ones? New
Instant search by whom? compared the prices of 12 high season holidays in the Algarve before and after the publication of the green list, and found that the prices were on average cheaper after the announcement. A 5 star stay with Jet2 Holidays has dropped by over Â£ 600.
Vacation companies have reported an increase in bookings after confirming that from May 17, overseas vacations would be allowed for the first time since last year. Thomas Cook said bookings for Portugal had “ exploded ” after the announcement, increasing 250% the week before.
But despite the anticipation of a price spike with pent-up demand, our snapshot of a dozen vacations with traditional providers Tui and Jet2 Holidays, showed that prices were relatively stable. Half the vacation had gone down in price and half had gone up. On average, prices were Â£ 19 cheaper.
The biggest price drop was for a five star resort in Albufeira with Jet2. The price for a double room was only Â£ 2,956 on the Monday following the government press conference. Ten days earlier it was priced at Â£ 3,580 – Â£ 624 more.
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Flight prices are also low
The low cost of flights has helped keep package prices low. Despite recent reports of a doubling of airfares to Portugal, Skyscanner data shows that the average fare in August from London to Faro (Algarve) for those who book this week is only Â£ 111 (one way) -economic return).
But people booking in May 2019, before the pandemic, reportedly paid an average of Â£ 175 for an August flight.
Skyscanner told us that despite the temporary fluctuations immediately after the announcement, “prices are generally very low compared to the last ‘normal’ year (2019), so any temporary price hikes are probably still good deals.”
Additional flight capacity reduces package prices
Vacation companies with their own airlines, such as Tui and Jet2 Holidays, can increase capacity and control the price of a flight in the package to keep posted fares low.
While Tui’s prices for vacations using flights available before the announcement had increased by Â£ 880, we found it easy to reduce this price by swapping with newly introduced flights on the same dates.
Tui told us âwe have worked hard to keep the same prices for green destinationsâ¦ We have added new flights and extra vacations to Portugal and Madeira on Tui Airwaysâ.
Tui and Jet2 Holidays package holiday prices
Which? recorded prices for a three, four and five star Algarve vacation for two people for 14 nights, departing from a London airport on or near Monday 2 August. The prices were recorded on Friday April 30, and then again on Monday May 10 – three days after the publication of the green list.
|Tui / Jet2||Location||Star rating / table||April 30 price||May 10 price||Price difference|
|Tui||Albufeira||3 * / GÃ®tes||Â£ 1,613||Â£ 1,802||+ 189 â¬|
|Jet2||Praia da Rocha||3 * / All inclusive||Â£ 2,920||Â£ 2,828||– Â£ 92|
|Tui||Albufeira||3 * / B&B||Â£ 2,044||Â£ 2,234||+ 190 â¬|
|Jet2||Olhos d-Agua||3 * / GÃ®tes||Â£ 1,786||Â£ 1,748||– Â£ 38|
|Tui||Olhos d-Agua||4 * / half board||Â£ 2,840||Â£ 2,900||+ 60 â¬|
|Jet2||Albufeira||4 * / All inclusive||Â£ 3,474||Â£ 3,382||– Â£ 92|
|Tui||Praia de Falesia||4 * / half board||Â£ 2,535||Â£ 2,565||+ 30 â¬|
|Jet2||Santa Eulalia||4 * / GÃ®tes||Â£ 2,242||Â£ 2,204||– Â£ 38|
|Tui||Praia de Falesia||5 * / All inclusive||Â£ 3,171||Â£ 3,368||+ 199 â¬|
|Jet2||Vilamoura||5 * / B&B||Â£ 4,238||Â£ 4,448||+ 210 â¬|
|Tui||Albufeira||5 * / B&B||Â£ 3,642||Â£ 3,421||– Â£ 221|
|Jet2||Albufeira||5 * / B&B||Â£ 3,580||Â£ 2,956||– Â£ 624|
In our table, the cheapest August holidays in Algarve with Jet2 Holidays is Â£ 1,748. Jet2 Holidays is a who? Recommended supplier.
The cheapest August holidays in Algarve with Tui is Â£ 1,802.
When can I go to Portugal?
It’s unclear. While Portugal is on the green list, the country currently bans entry to third country nationals for holidays – including UK residents.