It’s barely September, and we’re talking about holiday travel already? Well, yes. And here’s why: many people believe that the sooner you book your hotel rooms and airline seats, the better the deal, but that’s not entirely true.
Skyscanner, a travel search engine, recently performed a study that showed how the best times to book your accommodation and tickets for holiday travel is four weeks before each holiday, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years. There can even be deeper discounts if you book a week prior, but that type of risk is left to those who are willing to take one.
what dates should you focus on?
For Thanksgiving, data suggest you book the week of the 31st of October for savings of about 8 percent, and the week of the 17th of October for savings of about 5 percent.
For Christmas, it’s best to book the week of the 21st of November to save around 6.4 percent or the week of the 5th of December for savings of about 5 percent.
For New Year’s, booking around the 5th of December can save you an average of 10.5 percent, and a week before New Years can save you about 6.5 percent.
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(This article first appeared on MarketWatch.com.)