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Old 06-03-2015, 07:51 AM
 
Location: singapore
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I am excluding road trips and trips to neighbouring countries, for mid to long haul trips that involves flights etc, have anyone booked and departed almost immediately or say 1-2 days later ? Whether it is personal or business trips


I generally book them about 3 mths in advance just wondering how other people manage their trips.
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:55 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Yes, and No

Some trip I book (Hotel) everything in-advance, Some trips I book next hotel a day in-advance.

Few times (Rarely) do i get into a town with with no hotel bookings.

Flights are all pre-booked,
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:10 AM
 
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yes if using points.

Otherwise, about 1-2 months. Otherwise, you don't really save anything. I would never book a flight and leave a few days later - you end up paying too much. Plus, I need to ask for vacation in advance.
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Old 06-03-2015, 10:02 AM
 
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I am excluding road trips and trips to neighbouring countries, for mid to long haul trips that involves flights etc, have anyone booked and departed almost immediately or say 1-2 days later ? Whether it is personal or business trips

I generally book them about 3 mths in advance just wondering how other people manage their trips.

I believe in booking travel like people vote in Chicago - early and often! In most cases, except air travel, you can cancel an earlier reservation without penalty.

This week, I booked a three week trip in November (air, vehicle) and a one week trip to Las Vegas in March (car and hotel). In both cases, I had the opportunity to lock in some great rates that may not be available if I waited for a few months,

The November trip did involve an airfare. I chose Southwest Airlines as there is not fee to rebook if a better deal comes along. The fare I bought on Sunday evening ($330 pp) went on sale for $258 on Tuesday. I canceled the Sunday reservation and rebooked it saving $144.

I have a monthly car rental coming up soon. The rate was $475 when I booked it in February. The rate with the same agency would be $875 if booked today or $715 if I booked with one of the other agencies.

In the US, there is a DISINCENTIVE to book last minute air travel. For example, the fare that I received on Tuesday for November is $258RT. If I booked the same itinerary for later this week, the fare would be $220-450 ONE WAY.

The ONLY place where last minute deals can be found readily is in hotels and hotel packages.
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Old 06-03-2015, 10:32 AM
 
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I generally book international trips about 3-5 months in advance, and domestic trips maybe 2 months in advance.
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Old 06-03-2015, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Both. Now retired, we generally plan trips months in advance, especially if they are international.

However, when I worked I would fly the next day quite often. And in the past few years, we've done a couple of international trips and other vacations with less than 2 weeks notice because we found cheap last minute cruises and other specials.
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Old 06-03-2015, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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pretty well in general, although there have been a few minor srew ups occasionally
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Old 06-03-2015, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I always book trips far in advance (sometimes as far as 1 1/2 years in advance), because of work. It's the only way I can be guaranteed to get the time off.
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Old 06-03-2015, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Only air tickets. I have a very strong resistance to ever booking anything in advance. There are very few times I could not find a suitable hotel within walking distance or local bus of wherever they kicked me out of the bus or airplane. You always find something, with little difficulty. And you get to look at it before you commit and pay, and walk away if it disappoints.

Nevertheless, I still call it "terminal anxiety", when the bus pulls into the terminal in a city I know nothing about in a country where I don't speak the language. If it's an airport, there is a whole planeload of people, lots going to hotels, and ways to get there.

If it's a popular destination, like Katmandu,there are touts hanging around who will take you by taxi to their hotel,quoting a guaranteed price, no obligation to stay there, and plenty more hotels nearby.

One of the best was when we arrived in China, the only foreigners on the river boat from Hong Kong, in Wuzhou. It was after dark, they stamped our passport, and everybody looked local, with no hotels in sight. A lovely young lady walked up and said "Hello, I'm Sherry. Are you planning on staying at the hotel recommended by Lonely Planet?" We said Sure and she escorted us through the dark and down a muddy embankment to a rickety motorboat ferrying passengers across the river to the city, walked us to what she recommended as a better hotel, got us checked into a comfortable affordable room, and asked if we wanted her to get us tickets for the morning bus to Guilin. She came back a half hour later with the tickets, we paid her for both the hotel and bus and a small gratuity for herself, and she showed us what looked like the only place in town still open to eat. With a lovely introduction like that, who needs reservations?
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Old 06-04-2015, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I always book months in advance. That way, I get lower fares, and a better selection of whatever it is I'm reserving (flights, hotels, cruises, etc.) than I would if I waited until closer to the trip.
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