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Travel Tips You Need To Know Before Booking That Next Vacation

Booking  your flight tickets at the lowest price is not difficult if you can adhere strictly to the following recommendations by Winnie Sun. She recommends investigating them all to see which one works for your particular flight—it just involves checking your fare on certain days.

Tip #1: Not Too Early, Not Too Late

According to a study conducted by CheapAir, the best time to book your ticket is 47 days in advance for the lowest possible price. I have seen other surveys that say booking 59 days out will give you the optimal price. Around 2 months before your flight, remember to check and compare fares.The exception to this rule: For spring break, summer, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, book sooner rather than later! Prices for these dates really skyrocket quickly, so book as soon as you can.


Tip #2: Best Booking Windows for your Destination

The best time to book varies according to your destination and can change from year to year. The latest figures for 2015 by Kayak suggest the following booking periods: For flights to Europe, book 6 months in advance.


Tip #3: Ideal Day of the Week for Booking

There are a few theories on this, so try them out!

Theory #1: Tuesday at 3pm Eastern US Time. A national news report conducted by CheapAir, last year, found that Tuesday at 3pm Eastern US time is the ideal time to secure your lowest airfare price.


Tip #4: Choose Trip Dates Carefully

The days of the week you choose to depart and return can help you lock in savings if you choose carefully. As a general rule, avoid flying on Fridays and Sundays, as these days tend to be the most expensive.For European travel, leave on a Wednesday and return on a Tuesday to score the best deal.


Tip #5: Clear Your Cookies

Be sure to clear your cookies before you book your trip. If you’ve searched for a particular trip often, your browser’s cookies may lead websites to display higher fares.


Tip #6: Use A Different Location to Save

If flying internationally, you can sometimes find cheaper fares by setting your location to a non-US country when browsing an airline’s website. You’ll then be able to see the fare in the local currency, and if the exchange rate is in your favor, it can save you a lot of money. For example, if you’re thinking of traveling to South America, go to the website of the airline you’re considering. On the welcome page, you’ll have a place to choose your country and language. Instead of choosing the US, choose your destination country. You’ll then be able to book your ticket in the local currency and take advantage of favorable exchange rates. This tip can be very useful, as the majority of search engines, including Google GOOGL -2.14%

culled Forbes


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