Why you should not book your travel last minute
The myth of last-minute travel deals is busted. If you assume you will always save money planning and booking your travel just before you intend to leave on vacation, think again. Planning ahead will save money and reduce stress.
There are several areas that need to be covered when booking a trip away. These include airline tickets, accommodation, rental cars, activities and any other special considerations. Each client booking can be quite different in terms of location, number of travelers, accommodation requirements, travel dates, budget and activity preferences. These travel specifications mean that you, as the client, need to have travel options to pick from for each of these areas.
Planning ahead will save you money and reduce stress.
Booking airline tickets last minute leaves you with low availability and high prices. Airline ticket prices are based on supply and demand. The more seats sold out on a flight, the more expensive your ticket gets. Booking early will always give you the best price for tickets. Yes, there can be some specials that airlines release, but you would need your crystal ball to tell you when they would happen. Overall booking early for tickets is the way to go.
Booking airline tickets last minute leaves you with low availability and high prices.
When you book accommodation last minute, you may not get what you want for a room category because the property may be booked out. For the best accommodation choices, we recommend booking early. You can book refundable rates so you’re not locked in. If better pricing comes out, you then have the choice to change. At least you got what you wanted early and for a good price. With covid, most travel operators have more flexible policies.
For the best accommodation choices, we recommend booking early.
Rental car bookings are more popular than ever. Travelers want their own space rather than using transfers, or with other people on tours. Car rental prices have gone through the roof since covid. Cars are hard to get and they are expensive. This is much like airplane tickets with supply and demand. Cars will always get more expensive as you get closer to the time, so book early. You don’t need to pay in advance and this keeps the booking flexible.
Cars will always get more expensive as you get closer to the time, so book early.
Once a booking has been made it is important to make sure you keep an eye on pricing changes that may come up before you leave on your vacation. One of the benefits of using a travel agent is that they can do this for you. We are constantly monitoring any pricing changes and make sure our clients are getting the best deal for their travel requirements.