Winter can be a really tricky time to travel. The holidays typically bring insane airline fares, black out dates and steep hotel prices worldwide! Lucky for you, we can help you limit the damage to your wallet and sanity!
The Best Times for Winter Travel
Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Years are crazy times to travel. But the time frame between the two is pretty quiet for most resorts! So think December 1 through December 15th. Another golden time is just after new years from January 2 through February 10th (just shy of the Valentines price increase!). So if you can be flexible, you can snag some amazeballs deals whether you want to go hot or cold!
Getting a Great Deal on Flights
Airlines begin to lower their January/February prices in October/November. Flights during Jan and Feb are typically 45% cheaper than in the summer months when kids are out of school! So it makes a great time for a long weekend getaway! We personally just snagged a a one-way flight to San Diego from Atlanta for $93 on Southwest!
Also PRICE AROUND! Check Southwest, Alaska Air and other smaller airlines, they often have a great deals!
Getting the Best Hotel Price and Amenities
A great tip is to check Booking.com for great deals. Then call the hotel and ask them to beat it or sweeten the pot with free breakfast or additional amenities. Because the hotels cough up a % to the discount websites, they are often ready to give you a better deal! And if they’re not, Booking.com often has some pretty awesome deals too!
Last Minute Deals
Flexible and adventurous?
Travelzoo.com is PERFECT for you! They post last minute deals from multiple big cities in the US.
Groupon also offers last minute deals!
Expedia Last Minute are here today and gone tomorrow!
For a higher end hotel, try JetSetter!
Winter Travel Tips
- Book flights with limited connections, winter weather can cause delays and cancellations.
- If you do book a connection, avoid Chicago or North Eastern cities if possible.
- Be willing to get up early. Early morning (6am to 9am) flights are usually the cheapest.
- Bring an extra change of clothing in carry on luggage just in case.
- Pay the extra $15 to get an “A” position on SouthWest airlines so you can snag a good seat!
- Confirm your seat is good on Seat Guru on airlines that allow you to choose your seats.
- Get TSA Pre and/or Global Entry to reduce your time and hassle in security (some credit cards like American Express will even reimburse you for your enrollment fees!)
- Traveling with small children? Check if the city you’re going to has Uber with car seats so you can skip bringing yours!
- Check if your credit card offers an airline lounge program or get Priority Pass to help ease the airport insanity!