Typically our holiday travel plans are usually made many months in advance. However this year, due to the pandemic, many travelers say they still have no idea what their holiday plans will look like. Nonetheless, travel bookings around the world reflect this rising trend for last-minute bookings. Should you be one of the many travelers considering this, experts at Condé Nast Traveller give us all the intel on booking last minute travel this holiday season.
Flight options may be limited (and pricey)
Converse to the trends of low flight prices, experts predict demand to fly over the holiday season will be at its peak since the start of the pandemic. For example, Jet Blue recently announced it will be adding more flights to the Caribbean just in time for Thanksgiving.
As we head toward the holidays, we’re seeing signs of strong demand in certain markets. To help get more customers to their destinations and capture more revenue during this important time of year, we are adding additional flights over Thanksgiving weekend.- JetBlue’s Scott Lawrence
It must be recalled however, that whilst airlines have increased flight routes for this time period, they will still be limiting seating capacity, following COVID guidelines. Hence there will be fewer seats available. Couple this with increased demands, and prices can be hefty. For those booking last-minute flights, Condé Nast Traveller experts suggest taking advantage of flexible cancellation policies. In other words, book now and cancel later if you need too. In addition, they suggest avoiding peak dates.
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Accommodations will be more readily available
On the other hand, experts have found the market for hotel rooms and rentals will counter what happens with air travel.
There’s greater availability than ever, and better deals.
Certainly, we have seen a number of amazing Belize travel deals in the lead up to the holidays. Large vacation rentals, private island escapes and all-inclusive deals are all offering some incredible deals for the festive bargain hunters this year. Ambergris Caye boasts some of the best long term private rentals. In particular, The Landing at Tres Cocos and Escape Away are a top recommendation. It seems for the budget savvy, this is the ideal time to travel.
Travel restrictions still apply & may change at any time
Plan as you might, keep in mind that many factors will be beyond our control this year. Travel restrictions can change last minute. So ensure to keep up to date with all the latest travel information, including restrictions, given by your chosen destination before travelling.