Every year about this time the airlines and international tour providers roll out their Earlybird rates for the next northern hemisphere summer. This means you can lock in your flights, accommodation and tours early on, at really good prices.
Best of all, it gives you the ideal opportunity to book the flights and times that really suit you. Leave it too late and the flights and tours fill, and although there may still be some good prices later in the season you’ll find that the easy travel times, direct flights and premium tours are often booked. So you’ll end up paying more to get something that suits you.
Things to think about
- consider a 3 or 4 day stopover on your way to and/or from the northern hemisphere. It breaks the long flight time and lets you explore places like Osaka, San Francisco, Soeul, Dubai or Singapore for the cost of a few nights’ accommodation. Stopover accommodation packages are often very good value
- if you’re not keen on long queues and rushed transits then book non-stopover flights to Europe through Asia rather than the US. Los Angeles and San Francisco airports can be very congested at times, pushing transit queues to three or four hours. But if you choose to stopover a few days in either city then it’s not such a problem
- there are Earlybird rates and discounts for river cruises, coach tours, accommodation, rental cars and campers, as well as airfares, so if you book ahead you can save on all the components of your trip.
Then you can spend the next few months looking forward to your holiday.
(C) by Sue Farley