• Common flight booking mistakes can be avoided

    2010-04-15

    Summer is traditionally the time when families, students and travelers take to the skies to visit new and exciting places or explore unique and exotic cultures. While this has become something of an American tradition, many individuals continue to fall victim to the common pitfalls of the busy travel season. Fortunately, as easy as these mistakes are to make, they are just as easy to avoid.

    In a recent report in USA Today, travel expert Sarah Pascarella reveals that the most common mistake travelers make is booking their flight too early. While booking early is ideal for travel to popular destinations or big events, securing one's tickets more than three months before a standard vacation or weekend getaway will likely not yield the best price.

    Similarly, booking too late is also a common error. With reduced capacity and cost cutting measures making for increasingly crowded and expensive flights, last-minute bargains which used to be a staple of the industry are now a thing of the past.

    Pascarella claims that the ideal window for price hunting for plane tickets is six to eight weeks prior to the intended travel date. This gives consumers time to watch airfare and hotel rate fluctuations, while allowing time to wait for sales and bargain events.
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