AAA Provides Tips on the Best Time to Book Upcoming Vacations

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MUSKINGUM COUNTY, Ohio- With the summer just about six weeks away, AAA is reminding travelers to book their Memorial Day plans and vacations now.

According to AAA Travel Booking, data shows that reservations for flights, rental cars, cruises and hotels for Memorial Day are up 122 percent over last year.

“Keep in mind that domestic flight inventory is still below pre pandemic levels, but we’re seeing sorrowing demands for flights and so that means that we’re seeing more expensive and more volatile prices. So when looking at the average cost of airfare over the memorial day holiday weekend, flights are skewing about $160 dollars more this year than last year,” Kimberly Schwind, AAA Spokesperson stated.

She recommends for the people looking to travel for Memorial Day or any type of travel should look and book about 28 to 60 days ahead of time. 

Schwind said if travelers wait too long they are looking to pay double for about $845 more per flight depending on the destination.

“You also want to take a look at the different travel days around Memorial Day and be flexible to get yourself a better deal so Sunday is going to be the lowest airfare of the weekend followed by Fridays so if you travel on Sunday or Friday you could get better deals then if you travel on Saturday, which is going to be the most expensive day to travel over the Memorial Day holiday weekend,” Schwind said. “When it comes to crowds in the airport Friday’s are probably going to be the busiest day and Saturday, and then Memorial Day is going to be the lightest air travel day.”

Using a travel agent is another way to help reduce the stress that comes with booking vacations. 

Also, even though COVID cases have decreased, Schwind said travelers should try to look for hotels that follow their AAA Diamond program expectations for cleanliness that conduct daily inspections. 

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