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Question How Far in Advance do you Book?

Discussion in 'General' started by Tony G, May 2, 2014.

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How far in advance do you book your trip?

  1. As late as possible

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  2. Less than three months before travelling

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  3. Between three and six months before travelling

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  4. Between six months and a year before travelling

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  5. Over a year before travelling

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  1. Tony G
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    Tony G Serious Forum Regular

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    I had an enquiry for my villa for 2016 yesterday, which surprised me as it was so early.

    This got me thinking, have I missed a trick somewhere? Does everyone book their trips this far in advance?

    What influences your booking window? What are the benefits of booking when you do?

    I thought it'd make for an interesting topic of discussion.
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised by people wanting to book for 2016, when we went with friends a few years ago I booked about 18 months before we went.

    People who are say, booking for the first time and like to plan well in advance would probably be looking for 2016. A house is one of the first things people look for.

    I think the benefit of booking in advance is that you know you have somewhere to stay and you can then budget to save the money.

    If it was me, I would probably have prices for 2015 and 2016 as you must be fairly full for 2014 by now.
     
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    Funnily enough, I still have availability for 2014.

    The main reason for this is because my villa has only ever been advertised by my management company, who only market in the USA. Seeing as USA travellers don't have to worry about long haul, international flights, they tend to book much closer to travelling than us brits when we travel to the States.

    It's only now that my villa has started being advertised in the UK and I was expecting a rush of 2015 enquiries but I never imagined a 2016 enquiry!
     
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    I keep saying I will do Alastair minute booking but I never do
     
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    Ha ha! Me too!

    So when do you usually book, Robert?
     
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    I'm afraid I'm one of those who like to book in advance. I like to know there is a holiday coming even if it is nearly 2 years away.
    I think because for the Brits it's an expensive holiday booking so far in advance gives them a chance to save and pay bits off in little bits rather than big chunks.
    We aren't planning on returning until 2018 ish but I've still been looking at villas to get a rough idea of what we can get and how much it will be.
    When I was looking last year (just after our trip to WDW so I was well into the post disney blues!) there were some villas showing 2016 prices and availability then and that was November/December time.
     
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    Forget my last post my kindle has gone mad I usually BOOK 10 months in ad ance but this year I am going in may
     
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    I plan years in advance, and book as soon as flights are released, 11 months in advance, but then we don't use villas. If there was a certain villa we wanted for our 2016 trip, I would have tried to book it by now.
     
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    I have booked as far out as a year and I have also gone to Disney on a whim. A few years back we were home the night february break started and I told everyone to pack. We hit the road that night and were at Polynesian Luau 24 hours later.
     
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    It may have been an Easter break instead of a February break
     
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    Would love to be able to do that :)
     
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    I guess we're getting to the crux of it - most of us, as Disney fans are always planning a trip to Florida, but we tend to book when the opportunity arrives?

    So, flights are available around a year in advance, but it may be possible to book accommodation earlier, so we do. Certainly for me, if I'm not in Florida, I'm thinking about my next trip!

    Hmmm... Maybe I should put my 2016 rates on my ad?

    ...Oh, and Butterhead, I'd love to do that too!
     
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    For some families, Disney can be quite expensive so planning that far in advance is a necessity.

    For my US clients, I have 2 families that want to go up WDW in Jan and Feb 2015 but cannot book them yet as US 2015 packages are not released yet.
     

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