Labor Day weekend is the kickoff to a "new" season. Summer and all the adventures that come with it are coming to a close. School is back in session. Fall sports and activities are back in full gear. Cooler weather is on the horizon. We get back into normal daily routines.
Everyone is, well, busy with life. Right?
My smart traveler tip of the week: Time has a way of "zipping by". Fast. So before things get so busy, NOW is a great time to put down a deposit for next year's travel plans.
Here are 5 reasons why savvy travelers book their travels early:
LITTLE to no risk as deposits are generally small and quite often fully refundable up until final payment is due.
EARLY booking discounts or incentives are generally the best promotions you will see during the season. Lock them in! Grab the lower price and/or added amenities while inventory is available. As demand goes up, guaranteed rates increase and added amenities get fewer. (Hint: should there be a rate reduction below what you paid for the identical service, some type of adjustment is usually honored.)
WAITING usually means spending more. Sure, you may be able to snag a list minute flash sale every once in a while, but more often than not pricing is higher than what it was had you booked early. And if you have to fly to the destination , well, any savings will be eaten up by higher airfare.
The earlier you book the BETTER CHOICES you have. Better itineraries, better dates, better choice of accommodations. This is especially true if you want a specific type of cabin, maybe a suite, adjoining or single occupancy cabins. Or space for a group. These are always the first to go. Big ships, small ships, land tours - popular itineraries sell out in weeks, not months. A transatlantic cruise I booked for August 2020 sold out in under 2 weeks - 18 months before the sailing. Cabins on this itinerary normally going for less than $3000 per person are now wait listed for over $8000! A luxury resort in Tahiti - first availability is in October 2020. With many properties having fewer than 10-12 rooms, African safaris are booking 12-18 months in advance. A guaranteed tee time at St. Andrews get snagged up as soon as availability is announced - 12 months in advance.
Booking early gives you MORE TIME to pay, more time to dream about your trip.
DON'T DELAY!! It's never too early put down that deposit for your dream vacation.
Here to help you make sure you spend your travel dollars wisely.
Contact me by phone (602.540.7338) or email to get the process started.
Laurie Marschall - Owner and Founder