With spring break on the horizon and summer not far behind, you may already be wondering when the best times to book hotels might be. Well, thanks to the new 2019 Pricing Outlook from Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation, wonder no more.

The report provides info on the best deals for booking flights and hotels in 2019 by using flight data and hotel rates from Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018. Keep reading to get all the details on the best times to book your upcoming vaycay.

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When Is the Best Time to Book Flights?

If you’re looking for the “sweet spot” on flight discounts, plan to book three weeks in advance, no matter your destination. Flights that leave on Thursdays or Fridays usually offer the lowest rates—expect around 10 percent off—while Sunday flights tend to be the most expensive.

To save even more, you may be able to snag up to 25 percent off on flights when you add a Saturday night stay to a mid-week trip. You can even save up to half on return fares when that extra Saturday is added to a trip that includes a popular business travel route, like London!

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Plan to get the cheapest flights by logging on to your computer and booking on the weekends. The report found that booking on Sundays can snag savings of up to 36 percent for flights! Trips booked on Thursdays and Fridays ended up being the most expensive, the report found.

When Is the Best Time to Book Hotels?

And finally, the cheapest day to book hotels is Friday, while Sunday is the most expensive day of the weekend. It’s important to keep in mind that there are tons of options out there when it comes to booking hotels and flights, and many offer differing opinions on the best times and dates.

Keep your eyes peeled and happy booking!

––Karly Wood

 

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