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When is the best time to book hotels

Wondering the best time to book hotels for the best deal? We ran our data to discover the cheapest month, day of the week, and how far out to book hotels to nab the cheapest price.

Skyscanner has analyzed hotels booking data from 2019 to estimate the best time to book hotels in 2020:

Best day of the week to book hotels domesticFriday
Best day of the week to book hotels internationalThursday
Best month to book hotels domesticSeptember
Best month to book hotels internationalJuly
How far in advance to book hotels domesticThe week of
How far in advance to book hotels internationalThe week of

When is the best time to book hotels?

Here at Skyscanner, we’re able to compile the data from millions of searches on flights, hotels, and cars. Then, we run the numbers on this data to find out the best ways to save you money.

We have loads of data and information available on the best time to book flights. But what about hotels?

We’ve run the data on hotel searches, both domestically and internationally, and we’ve discovered key information on the Best Time to Book Hotels. How many weeks out should you book for the best price? Which day of the week is best to book hotels on? What is the overall cheapest month to book hotels? We’ve got the low-down on everything you need to know to get the best value on your next hotel stay.

We’ve got the low-down on everything you need to know to save money on your next hotel stay.

Check out our discoveries on the cheapest times to book hotels:

What day of the week is best to book hotels?

Best Day of the Week to Book Domestic Hotels (U.S.)

We discovered that booking hotels within the US is cheapest on Fridays, but only by a very small margin of 2%.

Moral of the story: Whenever you find a great hotel deal in the U.S., don’t wait to book!

Best Day of the Week to Book International Hotels

The cheapest day to book international hotels is Thursday, with savings of 6% compared to the average price. If the hotel costs are high enough, this could lead to decent savings if you have the time to continue checking.

Needless to say, if you find a hotel deal that seems too good to be true, don’t hesitate for a potential savings of 6% or less.

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Which month is cheapest to book hotels?

Best Month to Book Domestic Hotels (in the U.S.)

The best month to book hotels in the US in September. During the month of December, hotel bookings are 6% cheaper on average. The second cheapest month to book a hotel deal in March.

Avoid October, as this is the most expensive time to book a hotel stateside.

Best Month to Book Hotels: International

Internationally, the cheapest month to book a hotel stay is July which sees savings of 9%. This is followed closely by April with 8% savings. October and May are also cheaper than average.

The most expensive month to book an international hotel is December (+9%) followed by February (+7%). January and September are also above average.

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How far in advance should you book for the best deals?

Best Time to Book Domestic Hotels (in the U.S)

The best time to book hotels in the United States is during the same week of travel. Within the week before your stay, you’ll see massive savings of around 21% cheaper than average. 1-2 weeks before your stay is the next cheapest time to book U.S. hotels, with average savings of 8%.

In contrast, 3-4 weeks out is 5-6% more expensive than average.

Best Time to Book Hotels: International

Similarly, the best time to book an international hotel is within the week prior to your stay, with savings of 18% on average.

1 week before your stay also sees savings of 12%.

8 and 19 weeks out are both the worst times to book international hotels– prices during these weeks are 8% higher than normal.

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Top Tip: Continue to check hotel deals at your destination once or twice a week once you decide where you want to travel. Common sense can usually tell you whether hotels will be sold out quickly or if you have some wiggle room. (Boutique hotels in New Orleans during Mardi Gras will sell out much quicker than the huge hotels on The Strip in Las Vegas during the summer.) If you can afford to, try to wait until the last minute to book your hotels when they offer the best deals on their last-minute unsold rooms.

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