When Should You Shop to Get the Best Travel Deals?

By Ruth on December 1, 2015 in advice, travel
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It’s the age-old question, isn’t it? Is there a way to save on travel costs? For many years, people have hoped that there’s a magic formula to saving extra money on often-high travel expenses. The good news is that they were right. However, you’ll need to know what to do – and what to avoid. Here are a few tried and true rules that you should know when looking for the very best travel deals around.

 

Please Don’t Use an Old-Fashioned Travel Agent: There’s a reason that travel agents are a dying breed – at least the old version of travel agents. You can book everything yourself online easily, find out exactly what you are getting, and save money on travel agent fees. What you should still consider are online tour packages and specialists, because these are still relevant and can often lead to even more savings. A look at Orbtiz deals can help you save much more than any travel agent can.

 

Looking for Airline Tickets? Start a Couple Months in Advance: Airline tickets have a very strange life cycle. Generally when they first are released for sale, prices are high. Then, around 50 to 60 days before the flight, prices dip to their lowest before rising again. All this to say that if you really want to save money, buy during this timeframe to get the best deals.

 

If a Deal Just Opened, Consider Waiting: If you see a great travel deal…hold your horses. “Deals” are often released first to make money, but if you wait long enough prices often go down. This is mostly true of packages, tours, and similar grouped activities. However, if the deal is very popular, you may want to forego this rule to make sure that you get a chance at a package before they sell out during your timeframe.

 

Check Often: When in doubt, keep on checking. It’s hard to know exactly when prices will change, so review ticket and hotel prices frequently. Also, check on different computers or clear your cache and cookies, because this can sometimes control prices on your computer and artificially inflate them.

 

Pick a Good Day: Generally, the middle of the week is the best time to buy airline tickets – Tuesdays and Thursdays in particular get a lot of acclaim as the days to find the lowest prices. This isn’t always true, but it’s a good rule to follow if you are looking for the best deal.

 

Keep Up with the Times: Do you really want to save money? Then take a look at the new generation of travel options designed to help people save as much money possible. We’re talking about apps like AirBnB, where you can find highly-reviewed homes to stay in instead of going to a hotel. There are many apps like this designed to save money if you want to go the mobile route.

 

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1 Comment

  1. jo n December 8, 2015 Reply

    I understand the best time to fly (from Good Morning America 2015) is from December 17 and return December 24th.

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