Now’s the time to book these winter destinations for the cheapest price

Stephanie Yip 6 April 2017

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We crunched Kayak and TripAdvisor's numbers to bring you the cheapest winter destinations to book right now.

The best time to book flights and accommodation is a widely debated topic. Previously, we've looked at the data ourselves to try and find the best time of day, the best day of the week and the best time of the year to fly for the cheapest price.

Now, two of the biggest players in the travel industry Kayak and TripAdvisor have released data on when to book for the cheapest flights and the cheapest hotels, respectively.

Kayak's data revealed that some of the biggest savings on domestic destinations were for flights booked 6 months in advance. You can save more than 50% on flights to Melbourne and Hobart when you book this early.

Internationally, the booking period with the greatest discounts was a lot more iffy. Book flights to Honolulu just 2 months in advance and you could save up to 63%. However, you'll need to book 10 months in advance to get to Bali with a 50% discount.

These potential savings are based on the difference in price between the cheapest month and the most expensive month to book the same travel dates.

TripAdvisor's data was a lot more specific. It looked at the cheapest times to book international hotels for the Aussie winter (July and August). The results showed that the greatest savings were for Budapest (with 35% off when booked 3-5 months in advance) and Barcelona (with 33% off when booked 3-9 months in advance).

With winter knocking on our doors and time running out to snap up some savings, we thought we'd compile a list of the destinations you should be booking right now for the cheapest July/August getaway.


The cheapest winter destinations to book right now

Paris: Paris comes out on top as the cheapest for both flights and hotels this July and August. Kayak reported that booking 4 months in advance can shave up to 38% off your airfares, while TripAdvisor's data showed you can save up to 23% on your hotel stay when you book your accommodation at least 2 months in advance.

London: Flight-wise, Kayak says that you can save up to 31% when booking your flights 3 months in advance. According to TripAdvisor, though, you'll need to book your accommodation 5-8 months in advance for the cheapest stay. It's slightly off the winter mark, but if you're looking to visit London in November, then this is the time to start booking.


The cheapest flights to book right now

Auckland: According to Kayak, you can save up to 53% on flights to Auckland in July and August when you book 3 months in advance. While there's no data from TripAdvisor regarding the cheapest time to book Auckland hotels, hotels.finder.com.au has 3-star stays from $59 per night in July to give you an idea of how much you'll be paying.

Honolulu: Flight-wise, Kayak reports that you can save up to 63% on flights to Honolulu in July and August when booking 2 months in advance. Again, there's no TripAdvisor data on how far in advance you'll need to book accommodation in Honolulu, but hotels.finder.com.au has 3-star hotels from $200 per night in July.


The cheapest hotels to book right now

While Kayak doesn't have booking information on these cities, TripAdvisor reports that these are the best times to book hotels in these international cities for July and August:

Barcelona: Book your stay 3-9 months in advance to save up to 33%

Beijing: Book your stay 2-3 months in advance to save up to 17%

Berlin: Book your stay 4-8 months in advance to save up to 10%

Budapest: Book your stay 3-5 months in advance to save up to 35%

Hanoi: Book your stay 3-7 months in advance to save up to 17%

Lisbon: Book your stay 4-8 months in advance to save up to 14%

Mumbai: Book your stay 3 months in advance to save up to 24%

Prague: Book your stay 3-7 months in advance to save up to 24%

Rome: Book your stay 4-8 months in advance to save up to 21%

Tokyo: Book your stay 4-7 months in advance to save up to 18%

New York City: Book your stay 2 months in advance to save up to 23%

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