Cheap hotels, please. Need a hotel? When to book it might depend on where you’re going, according to recent data from ticket site KAYAK. While previ...
Need a hotel? When to book it might depend on where you’re going, according to recent data from ticket site KAYAK.
While previous research by the company has found a sweet spot for booking air travel—21 days before departure on domestic trips and 34 days in advance of international travel—with hotels, it’s not that simple. Each destination attracts different clientele—and business and leisure travelers can cause rates to increase or decrease depending where and when they’re going, says KAYAK’s Maria Katime.
So when should you book what? We dug into the data for four popular U.S. cities. Here’s what we found.
Best time to book: Within 30 days.
Why: Vegas is a year-round hot spot for weekend getaways or bachelor parties—events that are planned either in the drop of a hat or long in advance. You’ll score the best deal by doing the opposite and booking a month out. Headed on a bachelor party? Don’t miss our 33 tips to survive the greatest—and weirdest—weekend of your life.
Best time to book: A week before check-in.
Why: The city that doesn’t sleep has a steady demand for hotels on every day of the week and on weekends—go figure. But hotels still want to fill every room possible, Katime says. The data shows that as check-in approaches, available rooms drop in price. Book a week before and you could save about 6 percent. In Manhattan? We’ll take it.
Best time to book: Within 3 months of check-in.
Why: Families enroute to Disney book trips long in advance, so hotels have an incentive to attract last-minute travelers with lower prices, Katime says.
Best time to book: 4 to 5 months in advance.
Why: The city’s popular for business travelers—a group that tends to book last-minute (hello, corporate card). What that means for hotels: “an opportunity to jack up last-minute prices,” Katime says. Plan ahead, on the other hand, and you could save up to 29 percent, the data found.
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