When To Book A Hotel For The Best Deal

June 27, 2019

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There's some confusion when it comes down to booking a hotel. Should you reserve it as far ahead of time as possible to secure the best deal? Or should you wait until you're actually at the destination and try your luck by walking up to the counter? As it turns out, there may actually be a “right” time to book your accommodation in order to get the best price. According to a new study from travel research app Hopper, the best time to book a hotel depends on your destination city. After analyzing millions of hotel prices, they came to the conclusion that you’re going to want to book one to two weeks in advance if you’re traveling to a larger city with a lot of business travelers, like New York City, Boston or Chicago. In places like this, the hotel prices only fluctuate a little three to six months before you check in. The real price drops happen in the 12 weeks before you travel. According to the study, the best prices are often available at the last minute in these cities. The problem is that it doesn’t necessarily guarantee the exact type of room you prefer: the closer you book to your check-in date, the more likely the hotel is to be booked, so you may not end up in your top-choice room. If you’re heading off on vacation to a smaller city, weekend getaway or the beach, you’re going to want to book your hotel sooner rather than later. In this case, the prices are lowest around three months in advance of check-in and are likely to increase after that—especially for those who wait until the last minute. Remember that if the price does drop and you have a free cancellation policy, you can always re-book at the lower price.

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SOURCE: Lifehacker

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