January Really is the Cheapest Month to Travel

It’s not just when you book, but when you go that matters.

Nikki Ekstein
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This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure

Consider this your 10-day warning: If you don’t plan a trip before the end of the month, you’ll be missing out on the year’s cheapest travel dates. According to exclusive data from Expedia, the first month of the year offers the cheapest average daily hotel rates and the cheapest average ticket prices for flights, when looking at all bookings month-by-month over the last three years.

Can’t make it out of town before the end of the month? February is the second-cheapest month for flights and the third-cheapest for hotels; November takes the runner up slot in the hotels category and third place for flights, making it another contender for deep value. The best and worst months for hotels and flights are listed below, according to Expedia.

Best Months for Airfares*

*based on average ticket prices over the last three years

1. January - $437.65
2. February - $439.88
3. November - $451.68

Worst Months for Airfares*

*based on average ticket prices over the last three years

1. December - $539.57
2. June - $531.40
3. July - $522.80

Best Months for Hotel Bookings*

*based on average daily rates over the last three years

1. January - $141.36
2. November - $141.39
3. February - $146.71

Worst Months for Hotel Bookings*

*based on average daily rates over the last three years

1. July - $157.78
2. August - $155.08
3. June - $154.28

And in case you’re wondering, just booking your travel before the 31st doesn’t count; these prices apply to flight departures and hotel check-ins, regardless of length of stay, in the given month.

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