Planning your December holiday? Be smart

NEW DELHI: If you are planning a vacation in the last month of the year then this is the time for you to book the flight tickets as chances are that you will get lowest hotel rates, says a report.
Travel site TripAdvisor announced the “Best Time to Book” for the Holidays report on Wednesday revealing that travellers can consistently find the lowest hotel rates on hotels for the last two weeks of December if they book the tickets by November 18.
For a hotel in the US, travellers booking till November 18 can save 18 per cent compared to early year peak rates.
Also travellers planning to stay in a hotel in Europe can book during this window to save 21 per cent compared to peak and for hotels in Asia, travellers can get 12 per cent off versus highs.
Also while airfares change frequently and are dependent on the departure destination, this year, with the Christmas holiday falling on a Monday, travellers can save 14 per cent on average by flying on Sunday, December 24, compared to flying the day before on Saturday (December 23), said a statement.
Similarly, flying on New Year’s Eve (Sunday, December 31) will save travellers 12 to 23 per cent on average.
“The approaching holiday season has travellers looking for best prices and bargains for their travel considering hotels and flight prices soar during this time. TripAdvisor’s Best Times to Book report is meant to help price-conscious Indian travellers feel confident that they’re going to make the most of their travel budgets and that they have a great time this year-end,” said Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India.