Experts have named the optimal time to book a trip to Spain, Greece, Portugal, and France

By TravelWiseJan 27, 2024 07:33 AMNews
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Experts have named the optimal time to book a trip to Spain, Greece, Portugal, and France
The optimal time for booking a trip to European countries and beyond has been identified. Source: Pexels

When planning an unforgettable adventure in Spain, Greece, Portugal, and France, it is important to understand that choosing the best time to book a trip can not only affect your vacation enjoyment but also save money. It's better to book tickets to popular European destinations a few months before your vacation rather than a year in advance.

The airfare comparison website KAYAK analyzed data for 2023 to find the best time to book a summer vacation to each of the popular destinations, as reported by Express.

Experts have named the optimal time to book a trip to Spain, Greece, Portugal, and France
No need to rush to book a trip. Source: Pexels

Spain is considered the leader among summer resorts among the British, so it is likely that in 2024 even more British residents will plan their trip to this sunny Mediterranean country.

Experts have found that the best airfares to Spain can be found about two months before departure. Booking during this period can be almost 25% cheaper than buying tickets nine months before your vacation, so you don't have to look for great deals in the winter.

Similar trends are also true for other popular European destinations, such as Greece, France, and Portugal, where it is better to buy tickets two months before the vacation.

KAYAK's chief commercial officer, Annie Wilson, recommends that those planning a vacation to Greece wait until spring, as their data shows that those who book a trip about two months before departure save an average of 16% compared to bookings nine months before the trip.

At the same time, for long-haul destinations such as Thailand, it was more profitable to book flights eight months in advance, and for the United States - 4 months in advance.

Travelers can also set up price alerts to track changes to make sure they don't miss out on the best deals.

The best time to book summer vacation flights (KAYAK):

  • Spain - two months before departure
  • USA - four months in advance
  • Italy - two months in advance
  • Turkey - two months in advance
  • France - two months in advance
  • Thailand - eight months in advance
  • Portugal - two months in advance
  • Greece - two months in advance
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