Should You Book Holiday Travel Now or Wait for Prices To (Maybe) Drop?

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Since it’s the busiest time of year, arranging travel plans for the holiday season takes more care than an ordinary vacation. And as any traveler knows, it can be a hassle to secure a good flight at a low price. That’s why it’s crucial to book your flights at the right time (and that’s often well before the holidays).

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GOBankingRates asked travel and booking experts when they think the best time to book your holiday flights is. Here’s what they said.

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Book a Flight ASAP — Within Your Budget

Book a flight as soon as you find a price that fits your budget. Given how unpredictable travel prices are with COVID and inflation, too much hesitation might mess up your plans.

“Search for flights and reserve your tickets as soon as the pricing is right,” said Jenny Ly, founder at Wanderly. “It may be worth booking your tickets as soon as you can, even though September is typically the greatest period to find cheap holiday airline tickets.”

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Check Prices Regularly — Not Just in September

Because of fluctuating prices, it’s better to hunt for a lower price regularly than it is to wait until September. Robert Alexander, president of the National Limousine Association, said, “Don’t wait for prices to drop [in September] because there’s no way to know for certain what the state of the travel industry will be later this year.”

Hunting for the right price will be your best bet to finding a great deal. That means you’ll have to monitor prices regularly

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