When Should I Make My Travel Arrangements?

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A question I’m asked frequently is when is the best time to make my travel arrangements? It’s a tough answer because pricing and availability are always fluctuating, however I really believe confirming your trip sooner rather than later is always your best bet. Here are my top reasons to book your trip early:

  1. Choices – Those who book early will have access to the best choices at your resort, cruise line, seats on the aircraft, etc. By booking early you get to choose the best option for you and not just pick from what is left.
  2. Convenience – Nonstop flights with the most desirable times are the first options that will sell out. The earlier you book, the better to schedule you tend to find. The best room and cabin locations also tend to sell out first, again by booking early you snag the best locations!
  3. Budgeting – With most cruises and packages you will pay just a small deposit upfront, with the remaining trip balance due about 45-60 days prior to departure. You can make payments with any dollar amount you choose, up until the final payment due date, helping to budget for your trip.
  4. Planning – By booking early you have to time to review all the information about your destinations and make your plans. Some tours and excursions can sell out months in advance. The earlier you start your planning, the better.

How far in advance should you make your reservations? Here’s a quick guide, but again usually the sooner the better!

Holiday Travel – We recommend booking holiday travel as soon as flights become available, usually 330 days prior to departure. Traveling after the Christmas holiday and over New Years is one of the busiest travel times of the year, those in the know book early!

Cruises – We highly recommend booking during Wave season which typically runs January through the end of March/early April. This is when cruise lines usually offer their best promotions and pricing. If you confirm at other times of the year, there are additional promotions available as well, and we have access to many special rates and amenities throughout the year.

River Cruises – A year in advance is not too soon. River cruising has become very popular and the ships are small. It is common to find sailings sold out during the popular times of spring, summer and fall.

Spring Break – The earlier the better is the best rule to follow, but we would recommend
at least 6 to 10 months in advance.

Walt Disney World – At least 6 months in advance when dining reservation are released, but the earlier the better, especially for peak travel times.

For most other vacations a good guide is 6-9 months prior to travel, when you will still tend to find good availability and pricing.

Contact Geneva Travel & Cruise today at 630-845-8999 and we’ll help you start the planning process early, getting you the best and right options for you.

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