If you’re wondering when the best time to book holiday travel is, the answer is yesterday! The number of travelers passing through U.S. airport security checkpoints exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Holiday planning starts now and Shopping and Retail Expert Kristen Gail of Rakuten Rewards is here to help!
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Here are a few tips to get the most out of travel this holiday season:
Be flexible with booking dates
The date you fly plays a huge factor in the price you pay. Traveling on holidays is cheaper than flying in the day before. The more flexibility you have with travel dates, the better deal you’ll get when booking.
Book flights ASAP
If you see a flight that matches your budget, book it right away. The closer we get to the holiday season, the higher the prices of tickets will get. Book your flights as soon as possible to lock in the best price.
Book a package, get a deal
The great thing about sites like Expedia, Priceline, Travelocity, and Hotwire is that you’re able to book your flight, hotel, and car rental at once. Book a package to save money instead of booking each expense separately.
Combine deals for ultimate savings
If you have promo codes, rewards on your credit card, and/or cash back, combine them! Nothing is better than getting the most bang for your buck.