Why Flight Centre and Webjet shares are zooming higher today

The Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd (ASX:FLT) share price and the Webjet Limited (ASX:WEB) share price are zooming higher today. Here’s why…

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The Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd (ASX: FLT) share price and the Webjet Limited (ASX: WEB) share price are among the best performers on the market on Monday.

In afternoon trade their shares are up an impressive 12% and 14%, respectively.

Why are Flight Centre and Webjet shares zooming higher?

With no news out of either company, today’s gain could be in relation to speculation that a trans-Tasman travel bubble could soon be launched.

According to Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd (ASX: NEC) News, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has reconfirmed her support for a trans-Tasman bubble.

Premier Berejiklian wants this to happen sooner rather than later, commenting: “I’d like to see it happen this side of Christmas.”

And while Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk isn’t keen on opening her borders any time soon, Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham suggested that these plans should not be held back by states.

Mr Birmingham told the Sydney Morning Herald that he wants Australia’s tourism industry to start its recovery from the pandemic with or without the support of the Queensland state government.

He said: “If New Zealand and some Australian states are ready and willing to progress, then the reluctance of other states to open up their domestic borders shouldn’t become an obstacle to progress.”

“The recovery of jobs and small businesses in some states shouldn’t be held back by the decisions of other state governments,” he added.

This potential travel bubble would be a big positive for travel booker such as Flight Centre and Webjet, as well as airline operators Qantas Airways Limited (ASX: QAN) and Air New Zealand Limited (ASX: AIZ).

While a full recovery will take some time, the sooner the market starts its slow recovery the better, as it will limit the cash burn these four companies are experiencing right now.

Should you invest?

While I am a big fan of Flight Centre and Webjet, I think their valuations are a little stretched right now. Especially when you factor in the dilution caused by their recent capital raisings.

However, patient investors might do well by holding onto their shares for the long term. But I’m going to be sitting this one out and focusing on other areas of the market which I think offer better value for money.

Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Webjet Ltd. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Flight Centre Travel Group Limited. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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