While focusing on luxe travel destinations and trips, we still seek out deals when booking trips near and far. Below are the best times and places to book travel for your upcoming solo travel adventure.
When to Book
The best day to book travel is Tuesday, which is technically the least expensive day to book depending on when you’re looking.
Cheapair.com watched airfares from 15,000 markets their customers like to travel to and found that the best time to book is 47 days before your departure date. Similarly, a study released by Expedia found data that suggests that the least expensive domestic fares can be found at around 50-100 days prior departure.
USA Today reports that big discounts can also be found while booking last minute. “However, this strategy is best reserved for pleasure travel and spur-of-the-moment vacations because you may not be able to find any bargains late in the game for your desired destination or time frame.”
Where to Book
There are so many travel apps and websites to choose from, it’s best to let the sites do the work for you.
MyDomaine recommends checking aggregator sites such as Kayak, Orbitz, Skyscanner, and Airfarewatchdog. Additionally, check airline websites individually as sometimes they offer the best deals.
“Momondo.com pulls in every flight that exists, including lesser-known budget airlines, and usually has the cheapest flights (Kayak.com is a great tool, but it actually removed budget airlines from its search, so it doesn't always provide you with the widest range of options),” continues the website.
Other sites to consider when booking a trip are:
- Hipmunk, which also includes an option to book a hotel like Kayak,
- GetGoing, a site where users pick two destinations and get one; and
- Google Flights, a platform that offers a flight matrix because the company bought flight software ITA. It has been found to work best on domestic flights in the U.S.
Have you ever used any of these timing tips or platforms? Leave a comment below and let us know!