Families could save themselves thousands of pounds on Easter holidays, simply by choosing an alternative departure date.
Research by Holiday Hypermarket compared flight prices to a host of holiday hotspots, looking at departures from London, the Midlands, North West England and Scotland.
It found that by travelling just a few days before or after peak days, families could stand to save up to £2,756 per family.
For example, a family of four heading to Lanzarote from London on the 8th April would be looking at prices around £1,228pp. However, switch to a 12th April departure (Easter Sunday) and those prices start from £539pp.
Thinking of a trip to Spain's sunny shores?
A Spain holiday with a Scotland departure on the 5th April could set a family back £867pp, but travel one day earlier and prices start from £558pp – a saving of £1,236 per family.
In fact, a 4th April departure is also beneficial if you're travelling from North West England. An 8th April departure could set a family of four back £819pp to Spain, but travel four days earlier and those prices drop to £638pp – a saving of £724 per family.
(You may also want to check out our cheap Spain holidays guide with more top tips for nabbing deals).
There were plenty more destinations where there were savings of at least £500 per family to be found including Majorca, Jamaica, Tenerife, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
It's worth comparing prices for a couple of options – you may find the perfect deal for your getaway, without needing to blow your holiday budget.
The study looked at departures between the 4th-12th April as these fall within the main Easter holiday dates, but you should check your kids' Easter break with the school as dates can vary across the UK.
It's also worth noting that the savings apply if you're looking to book a new holiday.
Ian Crawford of Holiday Hypermarket said: "Schools take two weeks off at Easter so families have some flexibility in when they can travel and still get back in time for the new term.
"By comparing prices for different departure days families can save up to 56 per cent on the price of their Easter holiday, according to our research. I can’t think of an easier way to save big on your sunshine getaway."
You can check out the full study on the Holiday Hypermarket website.
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