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Love Is Air Brits Make Bigger Gestures This Valentines

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

It seems that romance isn't really dead as thousands of UK couples plan to ditch the traditional gifts of chocs and socks this Valentine's in favour of more elaborate gestures.


A nationwide study conducted by low-fares airline easyJet revealed that the usual presents of perfume, flowers, lingerie and cuddly toys just don't cut the mustard for modern day guys and gals. This year both men and women are opting for bigger impact gifts for their other halves - but with a smaller price tag.


58 per cent of those polled admitted to waking up and smelling the roses when it comes to spending a fortune on traditional Valentine's merchandise and plan to replace clichéd gifts with budget trips abroad.


Of these, 43 per cent confirmed that they will book to travel after the 14th  February in order to avoid other loved-up couples and bag the best deals - presenting their chosen one with the tickets on the day, but travelling later in the month and into March.


Cost Comparisons:

Large box of Chocolates = £25

Flight to Paris from £24.99*

Bottle of champagne = £30

Flight to Milan from £26.99*

Bottle of Perfume = £40

Flight to Prague from £26.99*

A dozen red roses = £45

Flight to Rome from £33.99*

Set of lingerie = £50

Flight to Athens from £35.99*


Paul Simmons, easyJet's UK general manager, comments: "Flights to a romantic destination are just the ticket when it comes to impressing your chosen one with a big gesture this Valentine's Day.


"Savvy couples are getting the most for their money and choosing weekends away over expensive champagne and chocolates. Also, by booking now to travel later, couples will have something to look forward to when all the chocs are eaten and the flowers have wilted!"






Notes to Editors:

  • *Prices quoted are lead in one-way including taxes and subject to change


  • A national survey was conducted of over 1000 males and females across the UK


About easyJet:

easyJet is Europe's leading low-fares airline, currently operating 182 aircraft on 500 routes, to 117 airports in 28 countries. easyJet carried over 46 million passengers in the past 12 months.


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