I did a lot of traveling earlier in the year, so alas, a big summer vacation is not in the cards for me this year. If you’re currently in the throes of planning your own trip, though — either for summer, or for beyond — the best time to book hotels in 2017 is essential information of which you’ll want to take note. For their “Best Time To Book” report, TripAdvisor did a little number crunching in order to figure out exactly when in relation to your travel date you should book your hotel to ensure you’ll get the most bang for your buck. To arrive at their time frames, TripAdvisor analyzed hotel pricing data aggravated from booking partners between April 2015 and March 2017 — and the results of their analysis are worth paying attention to.
I do, however, have some unfortunate news for anyone who might prefer booking their hotels and air fare at the same time: That’s not usually going to save you the most money. TripAdvisor’s windows for the best hotel rates fall anywhere between two and nine months in advance of your trip, depending on where you’re going; however, the most recent data on when to book to get the best rates on flights doesn’t always line up with those times. According to a 2017 report from CheapAir, the best time to book plane tickets for domestic flights in the United States might be anywhere between three weeks and three and a half months in advance, while for international flights, you’re usually looking at around three to four months.
But if you’re willing to throw caution to the wind a little bit and hold off on booking your flights, you can get some pretty phenomenal deals on hotels. Here’s what TripAdvisor came up with according to region: