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Best times to book your trip to score a deal

Julie Loffredi

Savvy travelers always want to score a deal, and sometimes the best way to guarantee a significant savings is by planning ahead. So, whip out the calendar and pencil in these dates to make that bucket list vacation a reality.

Here’s the best time to book… 

A cruise
Want to hop on a ship and island bounce around the tropics? Cruisers will find some amazing deals on their favorite airlines during what’s known as “wave season.” The time from January to March when travelers can score upgrades, onboard credits and deep discounts.

A trip to Disney World
This is a tricky one. While Disney World won’t exactly reveal its promotions too far in advance, regulars will tell you to wait until Disney offers the “free” dining plan. For tips on package deals, check out Mousesavers and  CreditCards.com’s video on ways to save money on a Disney vacation. 

Airline tickets
The best day to save the most on your plane tickets might be Tuesdays, according to a study by Expedia and Airlines Reporting Corp. The data reveals that Tuesday and weekends are the best times to find low air ticket prices. 

A hotel stay
Hotel prices vary depending on where you are headed, but TripAdvisor’s “Best Time to Book” report suggests booking inside two months of a trip to possibly save 7 percent on a hotel room.

A trip to Europe
Looking for airline tickets four to five months in advance may be the best strategy. According to Europe travel expert Rick Steves, if you plan to travel during spring, summer or fall, its best to look early.

Next year’s summer rental
Supply and demand are what matters  with rentals. Travelers looking to book a summer vacation home should book in January or February — before the best weeks are booked. Also, prices may end up going up in late spring as families scramble to find a home to book for the peak months of summer. 

And, of course, cashing in some of your credit card rewards miles, points or cash back is a way to save even more on all of the above. Happy saving, and happy travels!

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