Published On: Sun, Mar 12th, 2017

Lower airfares are encouraging spring breakers to visit destinations near and far

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From college students flocking to Florida and Mexico for some fun and sun to families and young travelers heading abroad for a culture fix, spring-breakers this year are benefiting from attractive airfares and deals that are driving healthy growth in spring-break business.

“Some of the cheapest fares we are seeing to Europe for spring break are less than $400 roundtrip,” said Danielle Dougan, public relations manager for youth travel specialist StudentUniverse.

StudentUniverse‘s 2017 spring break bookings are up 10% year over year, with the most popular destinations being Los Angeles, London, New York, Orlando, Miami, San Juan, Cancun, San Francisco, Madrid, Paris, Seattle, Barcelona, Tokyo and Shanghai.

The company reported that 26% of its spring break bookings have been to Europe this year, representing a 7% increase compared with 2016. At the same time, the average price of Europe spring break trips is down 20% compared with last year.

Lower airfares are encouraging spring breakers to disconnect in destinations near and far. (Photo: Travel Weekly)

StudentUniverse said it noticed several other trends in its spring break bookings. For one, this year is the first time in seven years that New York is not the tour operator’s top spring break destination.

Puerto Rico appears to be on the rise. San Juan ranked 18th last year among its spring break destinations but rose to No. 6 this year.

In an analysis of spring break data for 2017, Expedia, too, found that airfares for spring break this year were lower than last year.

During the fourth quarter of 2016, average ticket prices were down roughly 15% year over year for certain flights to major European cities during the 2017 spring break period, and average ticket prices for Mexico were down around 5% year over year, Expedia reported.


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