The summer travel season has arrived, and searches on KAYAK have increased by about 47% for domestic travel and about 16% for international travel compared to last year. Despite price increases, flight prices have increased by about 6% for domestic travel and 10% for international travel in the second half of the year, according to KAYAK search data.
KAYAK is introducing a new “Best Time to Travel tool” as THE spot to start your trip planning, revealing the best times of the year to fly and when to book by for a great price and trip experience. This will assist travellers continue to manage some of the increasing prices.
KAYAK’s Best Time to Travel tool, which offers over 280,000 routes to choose from, uses predictive data from KAYAK’s billions of travel queries to forecast future flight and hotel prices so travellers can easily compare pricing with weather and seasonality information to decide when is the best time to travel for their upcoming trip. So let’s try it out.
Step 1: Enter your destination to find out which month is ideal to travel.
Choose from KAYAK’s most popular trip lengths (i.e., are you travelling for 4, 7, or 14 days) and enter your starting point and destination airports. Based on a variety of variables, such as cost, crowd size, and weather, KAYAK will recommend the ideal month to travel. For instance, March is the greatest month for Delhities (from New Delhi) to travel to Toronto for a week because it has affordable flights, pleasant weather, and fewer tourists.
Additionally, visitors may see a breakdown of the typical, lowest, and highest flight costs for each month of the year. In keeping with our pattern, airfare to Toronto is often most affordable in March and is most expensive throughout the summer (May through August).
Step 2: Select a more specific time to travel.
Now that you know which month to travel in, it’s time to determine which days would result in cheaper flights. The calendar view on KAYAK gives you a yearly breakdown of how flight fares fluctuate based on the dates you select. Your best bet for a seven-day trip to Toronto is to leave on March 6 and return between March 20 and March 26.
Step 3: Schedule your reservation to maximise savings
It’s time to decide when to make reservations after you know where you’re going and when. And what’s this? You’re also covered here by the new KAYAK tool. The tool will automatically generate suggested dates from KAYAK and will give you advice on the optimum day to book both your flight and hotel before rates start to increase. KAYAK suggests making your travel reservations for a 7-day trip to Toronto in October.
Not yet prepared to make a reservation? No issue. Add a price alert to your booking so you can track price changes for the desired airfare or hotel.
Country Manager for KAYAK Tarun Tahiliani stated, “At KAYAK, every tech-backed product is meant to make travel simpler, more affordable, and more effective for consumers, whether it be our travel search engine that identifies the greatest bargains or the price alert that makes it simple to lock in the best price.
The Best Time To Travel tool is the logical next step for us because it addresses a major problem: uncertainty when making plans. We’re taking the guesswork out of vacation planning by using our search data, which includes weather forecasts, price estimates, anticipated crowd sizes, and much more.
Travellers may be confident that they are selecting the most affordable booking window in addition to the ideal month to travel according to our predictive analysis. We’re using our data to give travellers the information they need to make decisive actions and ultimately simplify the planning process for everyone.”
Source- Travel daily