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  • Writer's pictureTracy Morling

Booking Holiday Travel Early

I'm a deal kind of girl & I really LOVE a last minute travel DEAL, but there are times when you should definitely NOT wait until the last minute. THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS/NEW YEARS are prime examples! With such a small travel window for these holiday periods and especially with Christmas when not just the US but many other countries also have time off, there is a lot of demand!

Room categories (especially larger family & connecting rooms) and even entire popular family resorts will sell out early. Airfare prices will rise and options will be limited if you wait. For cruises, you will want to book these out even earlier- I'm talking about booking even 2019 holiday cruises now, especially for the newer or more popular ships. Certain cruise fares allow for refundable deposits and price protection, so if the fare drops you can take advantage of the lower price or if your plans change you can cancel without penalty. Therefore, you shouldn't be fearful that you are going to pay more by booking early. Plus you get the ship, sailing, category and stateroom placement that you want vs. settling for a ship or itinerary that was not your first choice or being scattered about the ship and not getting the balcony you had your heart set on.

Another advantage of booking early is that it gives you time to save and make payments over a longer period of time. Many options for resort packages and cruises have very low deposits and do not require any additional payment until final payment date usually 45-60 days prior to departure. That gives you a lot of flexibility.

Last year many clients waited too late to book their holiday travel & we just couldn't make it work within their budget for both resorts & cruises. I don't want to see that happen again, so let me help you plan ahead this year!

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