Lynn travel agents offer January sale and discounts on Covid tests

A travel group which has a branch in Lynn is offering a January sale to West Norfolk holidaymakers.

They will be able to bag a holiday bargain this month, courtesy of Your Co-op Travel, which has announced a January sale, with up to £200 off new bookings made until February 11.

Part of The Midcounties Co-operative, Your Co-op Travel, which has 76 branches across England’s mid counties, including seven across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, is complementing the sale by offering Covid tests at cost price, via Your Co-op Pharmacy, and a flexible booking policy to boost holidaymaker confidence, during these uncertain times.

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Consumer confidence was hit by the new travel testing requirements imposed by the UK government, in December, as well as the recent bans on British travellers brought in by other countries to try to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

Your Co-op Travel is calling on the government to loosen the testing requirements as soon as possible, particularly the test needed to return to England, which is the greatest barrier to holidaymakers booking, due to concerns over getting stuck in resort should they test positive. The travel agency is also urging holidaymakers to book a package holiday with a tour operator that offers flexibility to cancel or change the date or destination, if needed, and to use a travel agent for added protection.

Natalie Turner, head of branches for Your Co-op Travel, said: “January is typically the time when our customers start planning their holidays for the year ahead and, whilst we don’t anticipate a rush of last minute bookings for holidays departing in January or February, unless the travel restrictions are lifted, we expect customers will be booking for spring and summer 2022 and into 2023.

“We’re already seeing a shift towards customers booking 14-night getaways, rather than the traditional seven, and opting for long-haul, luxury destinations because holidaymakers want to make their trip extra special, having missed out on an overseas holiday in 2020 and 2021.

“Our advice to customers is to go ahead and book their well-deserved, dream getaway for 2022, but book with a tour operator that offers low deposits and the flexibility to cancel or change a booking, should circumstances change, such as the Co-op Holidays Promise offered by our own tour operator.

“The customer will be in safe hands if their holiday plans do need to shift with an agent available on the end of a phone to do the leg-work for them.”

The Your Co-op Travel January sale is available in branch as well as online at cooptravel.co.uk, with savings of up to £200 per booking.

The Lynn branch is at 17 High Street.