Why You Should Book your Holiday Travel starting September 25th

Christmas tree on the streets of Vienna

We haven’t even set out the pumpkins for Halloween so why are we talking about Christmas already?  Because now is the time to book your holiday travel!

Whether it’s Thanksgiving at the grandparents house or Christmas at sea, the airfare and Christmas cruise prices are really best booked right now.

Studies have shown that the best time to start booking air is starting September 25th – October 27th.

This is also a good time to get deals on holiday cruises and holiday travel because  back to school ad football season is keeping families distracted from spending money on travel.

So if you are looking for a good deal.  Start booking your holiday trip now (if you have not done so already!).

If you book with me or a travel agent you can often get discounts with bulk air pricing, free air add-ons and more.

Check out these great trips for booking your holiday travel.  But hurry, most deals end by September 30th!

Best Time to book Airline Tickets for Holiday Travel

Probably the question I get asked most is ‘when is the best day to buy my airline tickets?’.  And it’s never an easy answer.

The airlines release rate 9-10 months prior to departure.  I usually wait until 7-8 months in advance.  However, it all depends on competition and availability and the prices can change regularly. United has an alert notification when flights you like have gone down in price, so I recommend you turn that on in your app.

The data for best holiday ticket pricing is between September 25th – October 27th; however, you will find the best tickets early.  And try a Tuesday – Tuesday or Thursday – Thursday.  Other more popular departure dates like Saturday – Saturday or Sunday – Sunday will cost more.  If you can fly on the night of Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve, you can get really good deals and possibly a plane with empty seats!

However, the BEST pricing on air, including non-published air, discount air and FREE air are easily found when you book a package or cruise with a travel agent like me!  I got some discounted first class tickets for my client with a hotel rolled in and they only had to pay a $200 deposit and pay the rest in November.

How do I get Discounted Air?

Probably the easiest way to get discounted air is to book a cruise.  There are so many discounts, on board credits and deals to be had, you can get the UNPUBLISHED group air like Viking River cruises $649 RT economy to Europe.  Norwegian Cruise Lines has FREE air if you book by the end of the month.  Or look at this great deal on Celebrity Cruises:

 Cruise Fare Savings Per Person (1st/2nd Guest Only)

     o   $200 per person savings

          Inside, Outside, Veranda, Concierge Class, Aqua Class Staterooms

     o   $250 per person savings – Suites

  • 2019 Holiday Cruise Fare Savings Per Person (1st/2nd Guest Only)

     o   $400 per person savings

          Inside, Outside, Veranda, Concierge Class, Aqua Class Staterooms

     o   $500 per person savings – Suites


  • Four Free Perks included for Suites
  • 50% Reduced Cruise Fare for (3rd/4th/5th) guests

But this is an exclusive deal, so if you want it you will have to book with me to get it!

Perks to Choose From:

  • Classic Beverage package (Sail Plus)
  • Premium Beverage Package  (Sail All Included and Suites guests)
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • $150 per person to spend on board
  • Pre Paid Gratuities

Other Holiday Travel Deals?

Christmas Horse Carriage ride in Vienna

Christmas Horse Carriage ride in Vienna

I know it seems early to start thinking about Christmas markets or that family trip to Disneyworld you promised you would take the kids, but September & October are the perfect times to start planning.

Take  look at this great Holland America Cruise exclusive offer to Alaska:

Explore4: Four Extras + A Bonus Deal

• Free Onboard Spending Money (up to $800 per stateroom)
• Free Pinnacle Grill Dinner
• $25 Beverage Card (for kids or extra guests)
• 50% Reduced Deposit

Bonus Offer: Verandah & Suite guests also receive Free Internet

Or my exclusive Viking River cruise on the Rhine for $250 off per person plus:

– $350 shipboard credit per stateroom

– Complimentary bottle of wine

– Additional Savings

And if you want a luxury escape to the Caribbean I have this exclusive deal on Regent Cruise lines with FREE air:

Book select 2019 and 2020 voyages throughout the Caribbean by September 30, 2019 and enjoy 15% Savings on your all-inclusive cruise fare.

Plus Exclusive Benefits on select cruises such as Onboard Credit, Enhanced Shore Experiences, Onboard Host and a Welcome Reception


2-FOR-1 All-Inclusive Fares

FREE Roundtrip Air* with FREE Transfers Between Airport and Ship

FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions

FREE Unlimited Beverages Including Fine Wines and Premium Spirits

FREE Open Bars and Lounges Plus In-Suite Mini-Bar Replenished Daily

FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities

FREE Specialty Restaurants

FREE Unlimited WiFi

But hurry, most of these deals end by Sept 30th!