The demand for rental cars remains high. This is reflected in the prices in the holiday regions. Rental prices have increased even further, especially on popular islands.
Consumers pay more than three times as much per day for a rental car in Ibiza as in 2019.1) In Sicily, the rental car is 176 percent more expensive than before the pandemic, in Sardinia 148 percent. In Germany, prices are currently 50 percent higher than in the same period in 2019.
"The high demand for rental cars continues unabated"says Dr. Andreas Schiffelholz, Managing Director Rental Cars at CHECK24. “Because many landlords reduced their fleets during the corona pandemic, this is increasingly worsening the situation in holiday regions. This is why prices are rising enormously, especially on popular islands such as Ibiza and Sicily, because on the one hand the capacity on the ferries to bring vehicles there is limited. On the other hand, many automobile manufacturers cannot deliver at all due to Corona-related production problems. "
Vacationers should book their car now, as prices could continue to rise for the foreseeable future. "The earlier you book, the cheaper the prices are usually"says Dr. Andreas Schiffelholz. "An early booking is risk-free, because rental cars booked via CHECK24 can be canceled free of charge in the digital customer center up to 24 hours before collection."
Package tours: Demand has risen sharply, prices are slowly rising
The tour operators also feel the Germans' love of travel. Package tours to Greece are particularly popular - Corfu & Paxi, Crete and Rhodes are currently booked more than twice as often as in the same period of 2019. This now has an impact on the prices there, which are on average six (Corfu & Paxi, Crete) and ten Percent (Rhodes) have increased.2)
"The tour operators have adjusted their capacities, but demand is high, especially in popular regions and hotels, and bottlenecks can arise.", says Martin Zier, Managing Director Package Travel at CHECK24. “Accordingly, there are also price increases. For example, travelers on Ibiza pay an average of 20 percent more than in 2019. "
With the CHECK24 package travel comparison, vacationers can find the best offers - despite price increases, there are currently last-minute bargains.
European travel destinations benefit - package travel is the safest option for holiday bookings
European travel destinations will benefit this summer - the number of bookings there is significantly higher than in 2019. In addition to the Greek islands, Fuerteventura was booked 27 percent more frequently than before the corona pandemic, Gran Canaria 14 percent more frequently. On the other hand, bookings for Dubai or Hurghada & Safaga have decreased.
"For holiday bookings for summer or autumn, the package tour is the safest option"says Martin Zier. “Because the tour operators have recognized that flexibility when booking is important to consumers in these times. That is why they respond with attractive offers that can be canceled or rebooked free of charge until shortly before arrival. "
CHECK24 experts advise on all questions relating to rental cars and travel bookings
If you have any questions about booking rental cars and travel, the CHECK24 experts will advise you personally seven days a week by phone or email. Consumers can see and manage their bookings in the digital customer account.
1) Database: all rental car bookings via CHECK24 in week 26-28 2019 and week 25-27 2021
2) Database: all package travel bookings via CHECK24 in week 26 2019 vs. 2021
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