Book Early or Last Minute? How To Get The Best Deals Whatever Your Choice of Break

With the holidays behind us and the back-to-routine blues setting in, it’s easy to feel somewhat gloomy this time of the year. So why not kickstart 2017 by planning your next holiday-to-remember?

The best travel deals are always the ones available last minute, right? Wrong! While many operators offer great last minute deals, the conditions of those deals rarely suit the average traveler. If you work in a job with limited vacation days, attend school, or have underaged children who do so, packing your bags with three days notice is out of the question. Taking advantage of last-minute deals requires a high level of flexibility and compromise – forget about finding bargains in peak dates such as Christmas or Spring Break.

That being said, you can most definitely find some great last-minute deals if you are truly flexible in terms of when and where you can travel. The best way to score a killer last-minute deal is by signing up to travel company newsletters and alerts, and actively following websites dedicated to informing readers about their latest last-minute offers.

For the majority of us, however, planning ahead is the way to go. Booking early means that you can take advantage of countless seasonal offers, early booking discounts and other highly discounted perks.

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Take this for example: award-winning hotel chain Corinthia Hotels recently announced their annual sale, offering up to 50% off on all rooms across their five-star hotels in Lisbon, Budapest, Malta, Prague, and St Petersburg (Corinthia Hotel London is offering 30% off). This amazing deal is valid until the 28th February 2017 when you book directly through their website. As part of their sale, Corinthia Hotels is also throwing in a few great extra perks such as complimentary room upgrades, extended check-outs and discounts at its restaurants and bars. You can read more about the offer here.

The best part about Corinthia’s Annual Sale is that it’s applicable for travel until the very end of the year, 31st December 2017. This means that although the offer is of limited availability, you can plan your trip for any given time period within 2017 and have plenty of time for all other necessary travel arrangements. The only way to secure a deal this good is by planning in advance and acting on it fast as deals such as this one are likely to sell out fast.

In short, whether you’re looking for a beach vacation or your next quick city break, it’s usually wiser to get booking now and avoid the hassle and headache that comes with trying to find a last-minute deal that suits your needs. Booking early gives you the advantage of being able to plan your inineary and accommodation beforehand, which more often than not will save you both money and nerves.