First, it was Black Friday and then Cyber Monday, and now it’s Travel Tuesday.
Travel analysts say the Tuesday after Cyber Monday is the day to land savings on both flights and stays.
“Consistently, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, we see a huge spike in discounted airfares and hotel deals that we detect,” said Hayley Berg.
As chief economist at mobile travel booking app Hopper, Berg says a decade of research into billions of bits of flight and hotel data shows that travel providers are motivated to drop 50 percent more deals on Travel Tuesday than on the average day.
“For domestic travel, last year people saved an average of $50, but many saved more than $300,” Berg said.
Hopper partner airlines and hotels have already agreed to launch flights as low as $82 round-trip to Miami with 40% off hotels on Travel Tuesday.
Flights to Las Vegas will cost $183 round trip plus 35% off stays.
International travelers looking at Italy for spring or summer break could score fares under $400 round-trip with a 30% discount on lodging.
“$392 is the airfare that we’re seeing now, we’re going to add an additional $100 off — think of it as an extra coupon from what the airline is giving you,” Berg said.
No matter where you book on Travel Tuesday, take advantage of these extra discounts by setting alerts so you know exactly when fares drop and then compare prices across websites.
Also, make sure the fare category gives you what you need — like bags, seats and cancellation flexibility.
Some red flags to look out for, beware of fake lookalike websites or toll free booking phone numbers designed to look exactly like reputable booking sites which may charge huge hidden fees or just try to steal your money.
Always check the URL and avoid rock bottom rates that are too good to be true and never send money via bank transfer, Cash app or make Bitcoin advance or deposits that do not give you any guarantee of fraud protection.
The US Department of Transportation enforces a 24-hour rule for most airlines flying to or from the United States — as long as you book seven days in advance, you have 24 hours to change your mind, cancel or get a full refund.
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