When to book: Expedia discloses the best times to book when traveling

Posted: 10:28 PM, May 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-13 23:28:50-04
When to book: Expedia discloses the best times to book when traveling

Are you planning on traveling this summer? You're not alone. According to travel booking site Expedia, 85 percent of Americans will travel this summer, according to a poll it conducted.

For the majority of those not planning on traveling this summer, they cite costs as the No. 1 reason for not going away.

Perhaps these tips from Expedia will make it more affordable to travel:

  • Hotel – "Travelers are becoming more accustomed to booking last minute, which could work in their favor this summer. Being flexible and waiting about a week before your trip starts could save you more than 15% on hotel costs. For those who cringe at the thought of missing out on a specific property or not staying with other travelers in your party, booking 21-30 days in advance could still mean nearly 10% savings. Regardless of when you decide to book, remember the cheapest average daily rates are found on Fridays," Expedia said.
  • Flights – "The 'sweet spot' for airfares is about three weeks to a month (21-30 days) ahead of time. Remember to purchase flights over the weekend, particularly on a Sunday. Nearly 30% of Americans are flying to their destination, so this next tip is super important: choosing flights that take off on Thursday or Friday can save travelers around 10%," Expedia said.
  • Car Rental – "It's never a bad idea to avoid putting miles on your car. Booking a comfy rental 14-20 days in advance could save you around 5% this summer," Expedia said.

In additional good news for travelers, the price of gas nationwide appears to be dropping. AAA reported this week that gas is down 3 cents per gallon compared to last week.

AAA said that trade tensions between the US and China has caused for a drop in crude oil prices. It says trade tensions plus an attack on two Saudi oil tankers could cause fluctuations in prices in the coming weeks.