This year and travel did not get along, but for every postponed holiday and desperate staycation, there will be another bucket list trip sometime in the future. If you’re banking on 2021 to indulge your wanderlust, Travel Deal Tuesday may be your best day to book next year’s vacations. On Tuesday, December 1, travel providers will be offering major discounts and flexible policies, should 2021 not be as pandemic-free as hoped.
But for globetrotting optimists, travel booking app Hopper has outlined exactly what travelers can expect this Travel Deal Tuesday, to plan ahead for a promising vaccine and more normal year ahead.
“In recent years, Travel Deal Tuesday has become one of the best days to book travel. While this year has looked different in many ways, Americans are still excited about the promise of a good deal,” said Liana Corwin, Consumer Travel Expert at Hopper. “If you’re thinking about future travel, December 1 will be a great day to take advantage of low rates and unprecedented flexibility, as travel providers are expected to offer discounts on spring-summer 2021 travel and flexible booking options.”
Before you book an itinerary, take a look at what to expect on Travel Deal Tuesday, and start packing. Well, almost. Here’s how to make the most of the day’s deals:
The best time to book next year’s vacation is Tuesday, December 1
In honor of travel deal Tuesday, prices are expected to be 34% lower on December 1, compared to the same date last year, with great deals on spring and summer 2021 travel. Hopper’s data detects an average of 34 deals per second on this travel holiday, which is 30% more deals than the average day.
Take advantage of special discounted prices
Stay thrifty on Cyber Monday, because Tuesday will offer savings of up up to 40% off flights, 40% off hotels, and up to 30% off select Avis and Budget car rentals via the Hopper app.
Book 2021 travel with flexibility
If booking travel this early makes you nervous, and, rightfully so, 2020 has been a year of uncertainty, know that travelers who book through the Hopper app are eligible for 20% off the company’s Refundable Booking Plan for flights and hotels, and Flexible Dates Plan for flights only). If you choose to cancel, you’ll get 100% back in travel credit, or 80% cash back, depending on your trip details. Hopper’s Flexible Dates Plan also allows travelers to instantly change the date, time, and even airline for any reason up to 24 hours prior to departure.
Check airlines for Travel Deal Tuesday promotions
Airlines such as Hawaiian Airlines, Emirates, Air Canada and Icelandair have already confirmed they’ll be participating in Travel Deal Tuesday this year. Check with specific airlines to see what deals and offers they will promote on Tuesday.
Take your time planning
Still hung up on whether you want to spend nex August abroad? Using Hopper’s Price Freeze feature, you can freeze a flight deal to hold that price for a short window, up to 14 days, so that you can come back to book it at a more convenient time.