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When to book: Expedia discloses the best times to book when traveling

Posted at 11:28 PM, May 13, 2019

Are you planning on traveling this summer? You're not alone. According to travel booking site Expedia, 85 percent of Americans will travel this summer, according to a poll it conducted.

For the majority of those not planning on traveling this summer, they cite costs as the No. 1 reason for not going away.

Perhaps these tips from Expedia will make it more affordable to travel:

  • Hotel – "Travelers are becoming more accustomed to booking last minute, which could work in their favor this summer. Being flexible and waiting about a week before your trip starts could save you more than 15% on hotel costs. For those who cringe at the thought of missing out on a specific property or not staying with other travelers in your party, booking 21-30 days in advance could still mean nearly 10% savings. Regardless of when you decide to book, remember the cheapest average daily rates are found on Fridays," Expedia said.
  • Flights – "The 'sweet spot' for airfares is about three weeks to a month (21-30 days) ahead of time. Remember to purchase flights over the weekend, particularly on a Sunday. Nearly 30% of Americans are flying to their destination, so this next tip is super important: choosing flights that take off on Thursday or Friday can save travelers around 10%," Expedia said.
  • Car Rental – "It's never a bad idea to avoid putting miles on your car. Booking a comfy rental 14-20 days in advance could save you around 5% this summer," Expedia said.

In additional good news for travelers, the price of gas nationwide appears to be dropping. AAA reported this week that gas is down 3 cents per gallon compared to last week.

AAA said that trade tensions between the US and China has caused for a drop in crude oil prices. It says trade tensions plus an attack on two Saudi oil tankers could cause fluctuations in prices in the coming weeks.