Brits ‘are looking for last-minute deals’

More people than ever are leaving their holiday bookings until the last minute in order to seek out the best bargain they possible can, new figures suggest.

According to InsureandGo, the length of time between customers buying travel cover and their jetting of to sunnier climes has reduced by 25 per cent between January 2007 and January 2009, suggesting that people are waiting to take advantage of special offers online.

“We think this is a good indicator that people are booking last-minute holidays,” said InsureandGo founder Perry Wilson.

Indeed, 796,000 policies were sold to customers who were departing within three days of purchase.

Mr Wilson warned that holidaymakers should always buy their travel cover as soon as they purchase their holidays in order to be covered for cancellation, as well as so that they do not forget.

The increase in last-minute bookings could also be a knock-on effect of the credit crunch, as people seek to ensure that their job will stay safe by the time summer holidays come around.

The majority of people are still seeking breaks of a fortnight, it was recently reported.

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