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Best time to book holiday flights (Dec. 2013)?

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Best time to book holiday flights (Dec. 2013)?

Our family of four plans a trip to Sicily during the holidays in December 2013. With school, that is the only time we can go for about three weeks. Just wondering when would be the best time to start looking for discounted fares for that time of season? In advance, many thanks.

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1. Re: Best time to book holiday flights (Dec. 2013)?

Hi bird

I always book flights within a couple of weeks they are released. When we finish annual holidays in Oct, i book for the June and Sept/Oct hol's for the following year. Never gone wrong yet. Admittedly, will see a few discount/promo after booked, but still got the best deal anyway, so not a problem. I am talking about Spain. Whether Sicily same? Got to be the earlier the better for that tome of year would have thought.

Margaurite

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2. Re: Best time to book holiday flights (Dec. 2013)?

I'm sorta the opposite. I book 2-4 weeks prior to flying. I used to book months in advanced, but always ended up regretting it. For instance, bought tickets to NYC four to five months prior to flying in 2012 (for Xmas w/ family). Thought I got a good deal. Turns out, 2 weeks prior to departure, tickets were 33% less than when I got mine. Jumping early doesn't always pay off.

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Thanks for your input. I remember reading a New York Times article which analyzed airfares for the Holiday season and suggested that perhaps August and September were the best times to book. Any thoughts?

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4. Re: Best time to book holiday flights (Dec. 2013)?

I'd go with November with a simple domestic flight. Maybe September/October for a bigger, international flight.

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Always when the flights are first release,no such thing as a last min deal nowadays!!!

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7. Re: Best time to book holiday flights (Dec. 2013)?

"Thanks for your input. I remember reading a New York Times article which analyzed airfares for the Holiday season and suggested that perhaps August and September were the best times to book. Any thoughts?"

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Kind of difficult to comment without knowing what you mean by "the holiday season"! To many here (most, I'd aver) "the holiday season" will mean sometime June-August: in which case you'd be booking very early indeed.

Edited: 09 February 2013, 01:28
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Sorry for the confusion. When I say holiday season, I mean the month of December, 2014 through January, 2014. As well, it would be a international flight originating from Halifax. In addition, no way would I be booking now. But I would like to know when I should be looking for flights at the lowest price.

Edited: 09 February 2013, 03:47
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9. Re: Best time to book holiday flights (Dec. 2013)?

Sorry for the confusion. When I say holiday season, I mean the month of December, 2013 through January, 2014. As well, it would be a international flight originating from Halifax.

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10. Re: Best time to book holiday flights (Dec. 2013)?

It all depends on the popularity of the destination during the time of your visit.

We usually spend the Christmas/New Year holiday in Hawaii...and book flights as soon as they are released (Dec/Jan)....accommodation shortly thereafter...

As the year unwinds...we sit back and watch the airfares climb....happy we made our purchase well in advance.