The Best Time to Book a Hotel for the December Holidays

What's Hot


5 Reasons to Shop for a Home in DecemberFamily

Shoppers Boycott Businesses Selling Trump-Branded ProductsBusiness

Giving Thanks: Why Foreigners Find America AmazingAround The House

Why Washing Your Turkey Can Make You IllFamily

50 Best Gifts Under $25 for Everyone on Your ListFamily

Pay $2 and Get Unlimited Wendy’s Frosty Treats in 2017Family

What the Richest 1 Percent Earns in Every StateFamily

10 Ways to Retire Earlier Than Friends on the Same SalaryGrow

The 10 Best Ways to Blow Your MoneyCredit & Debt

7 Foods That Can Lengthen Your LifeFamily

The 50 Hottest Toys of the Past 50 YearsFamily

New Email Phishing Scam Targets Amazon ShoppersMore

7 Government Freebies You Can Get TodayFamily

Now may be the time to book a hotel for the December holidays. But it all depends on where you will be spending them.

Now may be the time to book a hotel for the December holidays. But it all depends on where you will be spending them.

That’s according to a new analysis by TripAdvisor showing the least expensive times to book hotels for the last two weeks of December. Brooke Ferencsik, a spokesperson for the travel site, explains:

“Based on TripAdvisor booking data, we’ve seen that hotel prices can vary significantly from one week to the next depending on the destination, so it’s the well-informed traveler that is most likely to snag the best deals.”

For this analysis, TripAdvisor defined the best time to book as periods when hotel prices were less than the average for a given destination.

In the U.S. as a whole, the best time to book a hotel starts in November, when hotel rates start to fall, the analysis shows.

More specifically, travelers who book for the holidays during the week of Thanksgiving stand to save the greatest amount possible — 21 percent compared to peak pricing.

TripAdvisor’s analysis also covered four domestic cities that are popular travel destinations:

  • Chicago: Hotel rates for the December holidays start to fall below average in October, when travelers who book during the month can save 28 percent or more compared to peak prices.
  • New York City: Rates start to fall in mid-September and drop again in mid-November. Travelers who book at the last minute can save 25 percent off early year peak rates.
  • Orlando: Rates vary dramatically from one week to the next throughout the year, so travelers should shop carefully. The best time to book is early in the year, but average or slightly below-average rates can still be found in late October and late November.
  • San Francisco: Rates start to fall below average in mid-September. Rates also drop significantly during the week of Thanksgiving and again in December.

For a list of international cities and the best times to book hotels in each city, check out TripAdvisor’s analysis.

For more ways to save on lodging, check out “10 Ways to Save Up to 60 Percent on a Hotel Stay.”

How do you save on hotel rates? Share your thoughts below or on Facebook.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!

💰🗣📰

Read Next: 8 Ways to Get Your FICO Score for Free

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,777 more deals!