2020 Travel Cheat Sheet: The Best Times To Book Holiday Travel – Forbes

Smart travel starts with great planning. And great planning requires a good calendar. Once your 2020 holidays are penciled in and days off confirmed, it’s time to book your holiday travel for the year. Because procrastinating rarely saved anyone cash. Or time. Year after year, the abundance of travel data and trends from worldwide travelers allows booking apps to track prices, surges, discounts and more, and better inform aspiring vacationers the most likely ways to save money in their upcoming travels.

Travel booking app, Hopper, had its data science team analyze billions of prices (the app analyzes over 25 billion prices every day) to determine the best time to book flights for every major US holiday. Add these deadlines to your 2020 calendar to hopefully secure the best deals for all your days off.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 20)

Book travel by the week of December 23.

President’s Day (Monday, February 17)

Book travel by the week of January 13.

St. Patrick’s Day (Tuesday, March 17)

Book travel by the week of February 11.

Easter (Sunday, April 12)

Book travel by the week of March 1.

Memorial Day (Monday, May 25)

Book travel by the week of April 27.

Fourth of July (Saturday, July 4)

Book travel by the week of June 6.

Labor Day (Monday, September 7)

Book travel by the week of August 3.

Columbus Day (Monday, October 12)

Book by the week of September 14.

Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 26)

Book travel by the week of October 29.

Christmas (Friday, December 25)

Book travel by the week of October 30.

New Year’s Eve (Thursday, December 31)

Book travel by the week of November 5.

Travel savings don’t have to stop at flights this year. Pre-scheduling and strategically planning the days of the week you’ll travel can help travelers save anywhere from 15% to 47% on hotel stays, according to Hopper’s data team. To help consumers save even more, Hopper ranked the best and worst day to check into a hotel in top cities across the United States. 

Atlanta, GA

Best day to check in is Friday, to save up to 30%.

Dallas, TX

Best day to check in is Friday, to save up to 26%.

Denver, CO

Best day to check in is Friday, to save up to 26%.

San Francisco, CA

Best day to check in is Friday, to save up to 47%.

Boston, MA

Best day to check in is Sunday, to save up to 19%.

Chicago, IL

Best Day to check in is Sunday, to save up to 17%.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Best day to check in is Sunday, to save up to 17%.

Los Angeles, CA

Best day to check in is Sunday, to save up to 18%.

Nashville, TN

Best Day to check in is Sunday, to save up to 28%.

New York, NY

Best day to check in is Sunday, to save up to 18%.

Orlando, FL

Best Day to check in is Sunday, to save up to 15%.

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