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Guide to booking cheap vacation packages

Everyone is looking for the best bang for their buck when it comes to booking cheap vacation packages.  Depending on what you’re looking for when it comes to a vacation, will depend greatly on how much you will have to spend.  But that doesn’t mean that only the wealthy can go to beautiful exotic places.  There are tons of great tips out there on how to go on the trip of your dreams, without breaking the bank.

Timing

Timing is key when booking travel online.  Last minute deals are great if you can swing the time off, but they are usually reserved for the lower end resorts that can’t fill up.  If you want to go to Cuba or Dominican for under $500 on a last minute deal, be prepared for what awaits you.  But you want something a little more luxurious, you don’t have to check prices daily or resort to a booking agent to get a great price.  Tuesday and Saturday generally are the cheapest days to book travel.  Whether it’s vacation packages or flights – always look on those two days.

Follow the 6-8 week rule..

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The absolute best prices you can get for a vacation package are usually when you book about two months to a month and a half before you leave.  This time frame makes it far enough in advance to be able to still qualify for a price drop, and close enough to the date to be considered a last minute deal.

Clear your cache and cookies

A lot of sites have cookies which recognizes when you’ve been on that site before and what you have searched.  This can be very handy when you need to input addresses or passwords, but when you are looking for the cheapest possible vacation package, you want to appear like you are not price shopping.

By clearing your web history before you conduct another search, you can see prices drop significantly on packages or flights that you have been previously looking up.

Some months are cheaper than others…

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - SEPTEMBER 19, 1989: Hurricane Hugo slams into the eastern coast September 19, 1989 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Wind gusts of 140 mph and heavy rains ripped through the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, before striking land again in South Carolina on September 22. (Photo by Gary Williams/Getty Images)

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – SEPTEMBER 19, 1989: Hurricane Hugo slams into the eastern coast September 19, 1989 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Wind gusts of 140 mph and heavy rains ripped through the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, before striking land again in South Carolina on September 22. (Photo by Gary Williams/Getty Images)

If you’re looking to go away somewhere tropical, generally speaking, high season is from November to April, and low season, or “wet season/hurricane season is from June to October.  Booking in May to early June, you are almost guaranteed to have beautiful weather in most tropical islands in the Caribbean.  If you want to book somewhere a little more pricy like St. Maarten, that is one the cheaper times to go.

September and October are the far superior times to book a vacation package for the best price.  Your weather is not guaranteed, but chances are you will get come home with a great tan and a ton of wonderful memories.

10 thoughts on “Guide to booking cheap vacation packages

  1. Pj Germain

    Wow, awesome tips! I never thought about looking at cheap travel packages from this perspective. Also, didn’t realize how much the timing mattered. Excellent!! Good to know! Looking forward to more travel package tips!!

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks PJ! I have a lot more to add to it as well, especially on flight bookings. And yes, timing can be a matter of hundreds of dollars saved or spent.
      Thanks for your comment!
      Cheers

  2. Therese Roth

    Nicki, you’re sure right about those Tuesdays and Saturdays!
    I’m a Swiss-Canadian living in Switzerland, and I’ve been visiting my family in Canada every October for the past thirty years!

    I usually go on Tuesday, with very few exceptions, for example, if my time off doesn’t coordinate well enough……

    Great information here, thanks!

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks Therese!

      Yes, aside from doing my own research, I noticed from booking my own flights the difference in pricing throughout the week days. My flight to Peru dropped $100 on a Saturday when I booked. I also booked it 6 months in advance, and it has since gone up almost $200! My flight to Brisbane Australia was a watcher too. I ended up booking it on a Tuesday for $1600 – down from $2100 a few days before. Not everyone has the time or patience to watch and monitor flights like I did, that’s why I want to share all of my flight saving tips to everyone and anyone who wants to save as much money as possible on their flights!

      Cheers and thanks for your comment!

    1. Nicki Post author

      Thanks so much for your feedback. I’m really happy that you enjoyed my article and it was helpful to you. I will be posting more very shortly. 🙂

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