Best time to book hotels on the cheap for summer travel

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The best time to book hotels is not in the last minute before you trip, although occasionally you might bag a good deal .  In fact, the best time to book is completely dependent on where you’re heading and can vary dramatically from destination to destination.

A new report highlights the least expensive times to book hotels for summer travel in popular destinations around the globe, based on TripAdvisor hotel booking and meta click.

One of the biggest questions for travelers researching trips are when to book in order to get the best price? Will I save money by booking later? What is interesting is that those who book either very early or very last minute are rarely getting the best deals. For many destinations, hotel prices actually tend to reach a low a few months in advance of the trip.

A survey of 2,000 British holiday-goers found that consumers’ perception of when the best hotel rates become available does not always match the reality. A quarter of those surveyed (24%) thought that booking a hotel more than 6 months in advance would give you the best rates.

In fact, of the 25 major destinations included in the research, this was true of only three – Beijing, Moscow and Barcelona – and even then travelers would still benefit from savings in those destinations even if they waited until 4 months prior to the trip to make the hotel booking.

The research also showed that there was no hard and fast rule for when the most savings could be made across all of the major global destinations, which means travellers will often be best served changing their booking behaviour depending on where they plan to go.

For example, for British travellers planning a summer holiday in Europe, the best time to book their hotel is between three to five months out, when they can save 23% compared to peak prices.

For Britons heading to Asian destinations, however, booking this far in advance can actually be counter-productive – the top five places with the shortest lead time needed to secure the best rates are all in Asia with one in the Middle East. Dubai has the shortest lead time with the biggest savings to be made by booking within 2 months of the trip, followed by Jakarta, Mumbai, Bangkok and Hanoi respectively, which all offer the best deals when booking within three months of your trip.

As well as having the shortest lead time for booking, Asia and Middle East destinations offer the biggest savings potential on average at 23% and 24% respectively.

Of the 25 major destinations included in the research, travellers to Moscow stand to gain the most from booking at the right time – with a potential saving of 55% if booking four to seven months out. Dubai follows at 40% when booking within two months of the trip and Jakarta comes closely behind at 39% when booking within three months.

TripAdvisor analysed hotel booking and interest in nine popular regions around the world for the summer months of June, July and August. The best time to book was defined as periods when hotel prices were less than the average for the destination. Below is the breakdown of the best time to book and potential savings for 25 popular world cities when comparing the least expensive to most expensive times to book hotels for summer.

Best Time to Book Hotels for Summer in 25 Popular World Cities

Rank Destination Best Time To Book

(sorted by shortest advance time)

1 Dubai Within 2 months
2 Jakarta Within 3 months
3 Mumbai Within 3 months
4 Bangkok Within 3 months
5 Hanoi Within 3 months
6 Cape Town Within 3 months
7 Paris Within 4 months
8 Marrakech Within 4 months
9 Sydney Within 5 months
10 Istanbul Within 5 months
11 Singapore 2 weeks to 5 months
12 Buenos Aires 1-4 months out
13 Orlando 1-4 months out
14 New York City 2-4 months out
15 Cancun 2-4 months out
16 Prague 2-5 months out
17 Berlin 2-5 months out
18 Tokyo 2-5 months out
19 Dublin 2-5 months out
20 Beijing 2-6 months out
21 Rome 3-5 months out
22 London 3-5 months out
23 Rio 3-5 months out
24 Barcelona 2-7 months out
25 Moscow 4-7 months out

Savings to be Made When Booking at the Best Time

Rank Destination Savings To Be Made

(sorted by most)

1 Moscow 55%
2 Dubai 40%
3 Jakarta 39%
4 Sydney 34%
5 Prague 33%
6 Berlin 33%
7 Paris 32%
8 Rome 32%
9 Tokyo 31%
10 Istanbul 29%
11 Marrakech 28%
12 Barcelona 27%
13 Singapore 26%
14 New York City 25%
15 Buenos Aires 19%
16 London 18%
17 Mumbai 17%
18 Bangkok 16%
19 Beijing 16%
20 Hanoi 16%
21 Cancun 16%
22 Dublin 14%
23 Cape Town 13%
24 Rio 11%
25 Orlando 10%

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