Return to GMT Marks Surge in Bookings for Festive Escapes Says Car Hire Comparator

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

LONDON, October 26, 2011 -

Christmas and New Year travellers should book early to secure availability of the right vehicle and extras such as winter tyres and child seats

Christmas and New Year travellers are being advised to book car hire early to ensure availability of the right vehicle and to secure the best price, as the return to GMT marks a surge in festive bookings.

Independent price comparator says that currently most of its 50 suppliers have availability for the festive period, but with the clocks going back this weekend many people start finalising their travel plans and availability of the right vehicle and extras such as ’snow packs’ can become tight.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of, says: “Once the clocks go back it seems to become a countdown to Christmas and we see a big increase in reservations for the festive period - up 25% last year.

“At present there is plenty of availability in most locations, including ski destinations and popular airports such as Heathrow and Malaga.  However, with the return to GMT this weekend we expect to see a big jump in bookings as travellers look to finalise their travel plans ready for the Christmas break.

“Our advice for anyone planning a getaway over the festive period is to book as early as possible, not only to secure availability of the right vehicle, but also to get the best price and ensure you get any extras you may need such as snow packs or child seats.”

With the UK a popular location for Christmas holidays customers requiring car hire at Heathrow and London car hire, are particularly advised to book early, along with those travelling to top ski airports such as Geneva, Chambery, and Milan. is the leading hire car hire comparison site comparing the best deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations worldwide, including car hire in the UK.  

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