Wouldn’t be wonderful to celebrate the holidays with your family in the Caribbean, Or in the Mexican Riviera. Leave the cold weather behind, lying on a sun drenched white sand beach listening to the waves of the Caribbean sea crashing in. Well over 200,000 families from the U.S. do this every year, but when is the best time to book your holiday vacation?
While during Christmas and New Years you would think that most wouldn’t travel to a Caribbean island, and that the resorts would have great prices, well you are wrong! It is one of the busiest travel times of the year for travel out of the country. So you are wondering when is the best time to book your holiday travel.
Well the time is now (spring and summer months) Your are not going to get many good deals on resorts booking now, because they really don’t offer hardly any discounts over the holidays. And the resorts that are offering the discounts are either very low end or very high end properties, and more than likely it’s not going to be a discount on your stay, but in the form of a coupon book or resort credit for spa treatments or other on site activities, this in it’s self can be very nice, but won’t keep money in your pocket. I had a thought while I was writing this post (April 21st 2012), I would just take a quick look at the resorts available in Cancun Mexico, from December 23rd to December 30th, I found 7 of them that are already sold out for those dates.
What I have seen over the years is that the best deals are all gone by August, The mid priced resorts sell out first, (3 and 4 star) Than the low end properties ( 1 to 2 ½ star) Leaving the high end 5 star resorts for those that didn’t think to book early. Not that staying at a 5 star resort is a bad thing, if you can afford it, the jump from a 4 star to a five star during the holidays can be anywhere from $2000.00 $5000.00 or more.
How Can I Save Money On A Holiday Vacation Package
The resorts have already set their prices for the holiday travel season, and you are going to pay a premium for these dates for sure. What I have seen is that the airfare prices start to go up around September, and of course keep going up until the end of the year. So by booking early you are going to get in on the lower airfare rates. For a family of 4 this could be as much as $1500.00 or more just in airfare cost.
Book your holiday vacation package early, start pricing in April and book by the end of May, before the best deals are gone. Look for charter flights, who wants to spend hours in an airport with thousands of other travelers on layover flights. Be open on your travel dates this can save you even more on airfare. It maybe a lot cheaper to leave on a Friday than on a Monday, sometimes the cost difference could be an extra day at the resort!