LONDON, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
-dealchecker.co.uk: Poor weather and a strong pound drove an increase in British holidaymakers searching for flights to New York City and the USA throughout April-
dealchecker.co.uk say that America is a prime destination for British travellers looking for deals. Search statistics released today by the price comparison site show a dramatic rise in the number of customers searching for flights to New York City as well as an increase in searches for American destinations overall. This comes off the back of a strong pound and unseasonably poor weather in the UK and Europe this spring.
In April 2012, New York was the subject of 4.5 per cent of searches on dealchecker.co.uk, compared to just 2 per cent in February - an increase of 125 per cent. Over the same period, searches for all destinations in the USA rose from 12 per cent to 17 per cent of the site's total, a 42 per cent increase.
Last month was the coldest April since 1989 and the wettest in the UK since records began, following unusually severe weather across Europe and North Africa in February. This drove Brits to look to North America for great deals and an escape from the daily routine, say dealchecker.co.uk.
In addition, the British pound reached a 7.5 month high against the dollar in April, making flights to America a better deal for British holidaymakers.
Mark Attwell, MD of dealchecker.co.uk, comments: "We specialise in finding the best travel deals, and the rise in searches for the US shows that the country offers great value. New York is a vibrant and diverse city, where visitors can grab a hot dog and stroll Central Park for free, or experience some of the world's best museums, events and shopping.
"Considering the strength of the pound and the poor weather across Europe and the UK this spring, it is no surprise that British people have started looking to New York, Florida and other US destinations for affordable and sunny holidays."
dealchecker.co.uk was founded in June 2005. The site is a leading flight, accommodation, holiday and car hire price comparison service.
dealchecker.co.uk travel partners are industry leaders offering the most competitive market travel deals. The site displays all relevant partners for each travel selection, enabling customers to make the most informed choice for their travel arrangements.
dealchecker.co.uk is not a tour operator or travel agent, it does not sell any travel products. When a travel selection is made, the final transaction is completed in real-time, direct with the operator or agent that the customer has chosen.
http://www.dealchecker.co.uk has developed a crisp user-friendly site to meet the demands of the modern traveller. Alongside the price comparison search and Real Deals the website provides a price tracker, travel tips, destination content and weather trends.