Did you know that the travel dates you choose can drastically affect the price of your trip? Many people think that group rates are the same across the board no matter when they are traveling. This is a very common misconception in the travel industry. For example, depending on the destination, a Monday through Thursday trip can save you money. In more corporate destinations such as Chicago, a weekend trip can sometimes save you money. Ultimately the rates will be set based on many variables such as holidays, conventions in the area, or city wide events.
Dates to avoid the most are Easter weekend and Christmas week. These two time frames tend to be the highest rated travel times in many areas. Hotel rates in Orlando for example can double over Easter weekend.
Some months to try to get the best deal for your money are January, May, early June, September and in some cases October. These months tend to have more availability at hotels making the rates cheaper. Cheaper hotel rates can save up to $50 or more per person! If you are looking for a competition, it is not impossible to find a festival in the first to second week of May depending on your destination.
Your best bet is to be as flexible as you can on your dates if at all possible. Compare prices over your desired dates to prices over your second choice dates. If you find the right travel planner, they can give you an idea of what dates may be cheaper for you and your group depending on the destination you choose.
I hope you find this information helpful in choosing your dates for your next trip! If there’s anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to let me know :)