Texas Travel

Plan Early to Enjoy Your Vacation Later

By By Kristy Alpert 3.9.16

You’ve heard that the early bird gets the worm. In vacation planning, the early bird gets the deal. In today’s travel industry, you often find the best deals by booking 50 to 100 days out.

Spending time on vacation doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune when you use these tips for early-bird summer vacation planning.

  • Never forget the code. That little discount-code box on the check-out page unlocks savings, but it can be tricky to find the right code. Do yourself a favor and install the Honey browser extension. This little tool automatically updates your cart with the best discount code available and works with several prominent travel sites.
  • Book early. For everything from hotels to airfares, it’s best to book several weeks in advance to catch any early-bird discounts.
  • Choose your travel days. For airline travel, you will typically pay more if you depart on a Friday and return on Monday.
  • Set an alert. Already know where you want to head? Services like Kayak’s Travel Hacker and Airfare Watchdog will send you alerts and give you the best data-based guess on the ideal time to buy.
  • Cruise now. Luxury and river cruise companies generally put out their best rates as soon as tickets go on sale, and tend to raise them every three months.
  • Utilize your membership. Texas Farm Bureau members have exclusive access to benefits that include discounted car rentals, outstanding hotel deals,  and much more. Get the scoop here.