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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (to Book Travel Plans!)

Are your clients thinking about booking vacations for the holidays already? Good! They should be. Here are some tips and tricks to navigate the holiday booking rush for you to pass on to your clients.

 

Book as a soon as possible.

While some believe they can hold out hoping to score a last-minute bargain, playing the waiting game puts your clients at high risk of paying  an even steeper price, or worse, not finding an available flight at all! Travel fares will only go up and up as the holidays come closer. According to Kayak.com, after mid-October, airfares for Thanksgiving increased up to 17%, up 51% for Christmas, and up 25% for New Year’s Eve. So get your clients moving on those travel plans before the rush!

 

Flexibility can go a long way                                                                    

A little flexibility can go a long way when booking travel around the holidays. The priciest travel days typically are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Saturday or Sunday after Thanksgiving. Traveling for Christmas is priciest the weekend before Christmas Day all the way thru Christmas Eve. An early flight on the days of the holidays is a great way to save both time and money. It’s a good option for those on a tight schedule! For those with a more open schedule, flights departing as much as a week in advance and flights returning during the week after the holiday will be the most cost-effective.

 

Consider Regional Airports

During the holiday season, the major hub airports are handling the majority of travels.  To save money (and hassles of crowds) look for flights in to or out of smaller, regional airports that may be close by to your clients’ departure and arrival destinations that are under the radar. It might cost a rental car and a bit of driving time but it could also save your clients a buck and the hassles of the masses.

 

Travel far and wide!

If your clients are looking to get the best deal on the holiday season, they might want to consider traveling somewhere new and different this year. Don’t forget, other countries don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. Encourage a different kind of holiday experience for your more daring clients. While most of the population is crammed onto domestic flights and travel patterns, domestic flights, clever travelers can get great off-season deals and explore abroad.

Sep 01, 2016


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