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Plan your trip in advance this summer to save money on hotel bookings. Here’s how

New research by online travel and review website TripAdvisor reveals the best time for reserving hotels this summer in popular destinations around the world.

travel Updated: Apr 06, 2017 18:41 IST
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Book your trip to Prague 3 to 7 months in advance to save 24% on hotel bookings, says TripAdvisor. (AFP/iStock)

Eyeing a trip to Paris in June? Best book now to get the hottest hotel deal. And if you’re looking to travel somewhere in South America, the US or Asia this summer, you’re going to want to plan ahead and book three months out.

That’s according to new research from online travel and review site TripAdvisor, which looked at its hotel pricing data to find the least expensive times for reserving hotels this summer in popular destinations around the world.

For the report, analysts defined the best times to book as periods when hotel prices are consistently less than the destination average. If Paris is on your radar this summer, for instance, the numbers show that booking within two months of your trip can shave 23% off your hotel bill versus peak rates.

Other big savings can be found for travellers headed to the Middle East, who can stand to save 19% if they book two months out and travellers planning a trip to South America, where booking within three months can shave 15% off their hotel rates.

If you are headed to Paris this summer, booking within two months of your trip can shave 23% off your hotel bill. (In picture: The Louvre Museum) (Shutterstock)

“Bargain hunters know that timing is crucial when it comes to booking the lowest hotel prices,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications, TripAdvisor.

“TripAdvisor data shows that travellers can often find the best prices on summer hotels months in advance, with a booking sweet spot typically within 3 months of their trip. By doing their homework...travellers can discover the best deals on their hotels for summer.”

Overall, minimum lead times for US, South and Central America and Asia is three months for hotel savings, while Africa and the Caribbean is four months.

Travellers headed to the Middle East and the South Pacific have a bit more leeway, with just two months needed to find a sweet deal.

The minimum lead times for Africa and the Caribbean is four months. (In picture: Impala Antelopes at the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya, Africa.) (Shutterstock)

Here are some of the cities that offer the best savings with a little advance planning:

New York: Book 2 months ahead to save 23%

Chicago: Book within 2 months for 18% savings

Bangkok: Book 3 to 9 months ahead to save 33%

Budapest: Book 3 to 5 months out to save 35%

Dubai: Book within 6 months for 24% savings

Hong Kong: Book within 5 months to save 23%

Istanbul: Book within 5 months for 33% savings

Mumbai: Book within 3 months for 24% savings

Prague: Book 3 to 7 months out for 24% savings

Rome: Book 4 to 8 months to save 21%

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First Published: Apr 06, 2017 18:39 IST