Travel This is why you should wait until the last minute to book your summer holiday

08:00  15 january  2018
08:00  15 january  2018 Source:   prima.co.uk

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They say that waiting to book until then could save you as much as 54% on tickets – and that you 're probably missing out on great deals by booking too early, given that the 21 last - minute holiday buys if you 're not ready to give up on summer . The election will affect your summer holiday money.

This is why you should wait until the last minute to book your summer holiday © Alija / Getty This is why you should wait until the last minute to book your summer holiday If you're already daydreaming about this summer's big getaway, then you might want to hold off before booking those flights – at least if you're planning a trip to Europe, anyway.

Yep, even though we're often told that flights are cheapest to book at the very start of the year, new research by travel search engine KAYAK has revealed that we Brits might get a better deal if we wait a bit...

After analysing millions of travel searches, the site has revealed that flight prices to the majority of British travellers' top 10 travel destinations in Europe, including the likes of Palma de Mallorca and Faro, get cheaper in the final month before your trip.

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They say that waiting to book until then could save you as much as 54% on tickets – and that you're probably missing out on great deals by booking too early, given that the average Brit books a mid-haul trip three months in advance.

That said, if you're planning to travel further afield, then it looks like the early bird really does catch the worm...

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Those looking to get the best deals on long-haul flights should aim to book between six and eight months in advance, KAYAK concluded.

Which, given that Brits apparently book long-haul holidays an average of just four and a half months before travelling, definitely means we've missed out on the best deals.

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Holiday Travel. And those who wait to book until the 31st could actually pay less. Travelers in other major cities will need a few days’ notice to book the cheapest last - minute rates in their cities. Related: Why You Should Only Ever Book a Flight for the Early Morning.

Popular hotel booking app HotelTonight reports that more hotel rooms will be available for booking on December 31 than a week before in most large cities across America. Even more surprising, you could actually pay less (and find better accommodations) if you book last minute .

The research has also confirmed that flying on a weekday should ensure you get the best price possible compared to the weekend, no matter where you're heading.

And as for the worst time to book, for both long and shorter haul flights, KAYAK say you'll end up spending the most on your tickets if you book 11 months in advance.

Neil Cartwright, travel expert at KAYAK, said in a release: 'We always want to help travellers find the best deals, and it's striking just how much prices can change simply depending on when they decide to book.

'We have found that as a general rule, British travellers are booking too early when it comes to European holidays and too late for international ones, in order to get the best deals.'

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