If you want to save money on vacation travel, money expert Clark Howard says you need to act now.
First, Clark says you should be aware of this good travel news. He says his season this holiday season is expected to be much better than ever. We haven’t had as many delays and cancellations as plagued the airline industry this summer.
Not only are airlines shortening flight schedules to keep things running more smoothly, fares are starting to drop after the peak summer season.
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As a result, Clark has high hopes for cheap travel later this year.
“I want you to know that fall is getting better in every way,” says Clark. “Many factors associated with flight delays and cancellations do not exist.”
When is the best time to book a holiday trip?
Clark advises you Book your holiday trip now.
“This is a case where procrastination doesn’t seem to pay off,” he says. “Because airlines cutting schedules through the fall means lower-priced tickets will be absorbed sooner. It’s not too late.
How to save when booking travel later this year
Clark said he’s researching fares for the fall and beyond to get a sense of year-end and New Year ticket trends. This is his process.
Explore flights using calendar maps
Some travel sites use calendar maps that show how fares change over the course of a month. One of Clark’s favorites is Google Flights. Date grid (image below) View fares for a specific period. You can also refer to Southwest’s low fare calendar, as Google Flights does not include Southwest Airlines fares.
“I look at the November and December calendars to see what the daily rate is,” says Clark.
Read our guide on how to save money on travel with Google Flights.
Avoid these 4 days when booking your holiday trip
Clark says there are four days before or after Thanksgiving that she doesn’t want to travel for the sake of her wallet.
“What are the four days of Thanksgiving?” Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday and Monday after Thanksgiving’ he says. “These four days are historically the busiest days of the year, and air fares reflect that.”
Clark says that if you want to get cheap flights for the holidays, don’t delay booking your tickets.
Research fares before purchasing to ensure you get the best possible deal.
If possible, be flexible with your travel dates as well. “As long as you avoid his four most expensive days of the year, you don’t have to sell your family to buy tickets,” says Clark.
Want more travel tips? Read Clark’s guide to planning a money-saving trip.