Skyscanner study shows last-minute holiday bookings are on the rise

Skyscanner study shows last-minute holiday bookings are on the rise

Report claims 60% of UAE travellers have booked a holiday within four days of departure

Skyscanner’s latest research in association with OnePoll has revealed that UAE residents are embracing spontaneity, especially in travel, with 94% considering themselves spontaneous.

According to the global travel marketplace, 80% of UAE respondents claim to be more spontaneous now than they were pre-pandemic, with 60% booking a holiday less than four days before departure.

More shockingly, the report claims almost half (42%) of UAE travellers have arrived at the airport without a destination in mind and booked then and there.


If you’re stumped on a gift idea for your loved one, 63% of UAE travellers said they would be grateful if they were surprised with a spontaneous holiday.

While most travellers would choose their spouse for a spontaneous getaway, the study also revealed that women are twice as likely as men to embark on a spontaneous solo escapade. 

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Commenting on the findings, Skyscanner travel expert Ayoub El Mamoun said: “Embracing spontaneity isn't just about shaking up our routines, it's about the sheer joy of discovering new horizons or reuniting with family and friends at a moment’s notice that sends ripples of excitement and creates memories that last forever. 

"As the world embarks on a renewed era of global travel, countless new flight routes connect us from all corners of the globe. Add to this the growing number of visas on arrival and visa-free travel options from the UAE, and easily and quickly searching and comparing cheap flights through sites like Skyscanner, and you've got the perfect recipe for the soaring trend of spontaneous holidays.” 

Skyscanner’s flight pricing data shows that being flexible with where and when you travel is the key to unlocking the best prices. With 80 billion prices searched every single day, an ‘Everywhere’ search on Skyscanner for September reveals flights from the UAE for as little as AED78 to Kuwait, AED158 to Jordan, AED318 to Italy or AED365 to Greece in September.

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