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Booking in advance or last minute?
Is it best to book a villa in advance or to leave it a little nearer the time and book last minute? With many people planning well in advance it has become more and more harder to get the right property and flights so close to your intended travel date.
I would always advice people (after my experiences) to book a flight or a holiday/ Vacation well in advance. Many a time have I had to settle for second best and also pay more for the same thing. Why is this?
Well many owners and especially flight companies get booked up almost one year in advance. This may to many seem a long way off, and many are actually put off with the fact they have to book this far in advance. Get over this hurdle and it is probably the best decision you will make. Firstly the owners of villas and hotels will generally have more availability to choose from, secondly you are going to have plenty of time to find yourself cheap flights.
I have experienced in the past not being able to get flights at all (in peak dates). This was to say the least very frustrating. In the end we had to fly indirect and pay way over the odds. At the time of booking the villa we had the opportunity to book flights with BA (which were direct) and almost $300 cheaper! I would never make this mistake again.
You will find more and more people booking villas and condos in advance, infact it has become the norm to many. This obviously gives the renter great more choice in properties available, not to mention they might be able to get their first choice of property.
Many larger companies do not do last minute discounts anymore and because of this the way we shop and book holidays has also changed. Why wait until the last minute and have to pay more and not necessarily get your first choice.
As a conclusion in my view it is always going to be better if you are able to forward plan your trip. Get a good short list of villas and plan well ahead. Get all flights booked as soon as you see what you consider a good deal, if you don’t someone else will! This little bit of forward planning will definitely pay off in the long run. It is well worth the effort, trust me!!!!
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Page added on: 30 July 2006
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