Once upon a time, you could count on theme and amusement parks being most crowded during the summer months and at Christmas time—which made the rest of the year the best time to travel. Even though year-round schools have made family vacation times more diverse, it’s still a good idea to book at least six months ahead if you want to be at Disneyland® Resort or another favorite park in June, July or August—especially if you want to stay at a particular resort hotel. If July 4th week or Christmas week is your only window of time, book a year ahead. Other busy times include Easter, Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays. And don’t forget spring break, which floats throughout March and April for children, teens and college students, and brings thousands of sun-seekers south. Generally, hotels and restaurants, as well as airfare, are more expensive during these busy times.
Christmas market cruises
Even a scrooge will melt during a European river cruise focused on visiting Christmas markets in countries like Germany, Austria and Hungary. Wandering around wooden stalls, sipping mulled cider and marveling at handmade nutcrackers and toys – what better way to celebrate the season? However, Christmas market cruises on the Danube and the Rhine only run from late November to late December. To ensure your preferred cruise or cabin are available, it’s best to book a year in advance. Note, things really get into full swing at markets in December. AAA Travel Counselor Janice Yip-Hudson in the Daly City, California, branch says, “When you book early, there are many offers where you can save big. One example: Members can receive $1,000 off airfare per couple. And there are even savings when you pay in full.”
Since you’re more likely to get an early-booking discount than a last-minute cheap flight or cruise, why not make “Book now!” your new travel mantra? Your AAA Travel Counselors know the best time to travel and will help you make it happen.