● Indian travelers can save more than 40% on domestic airfare by booking at the right time
● Spring and early winters are the cheapest seasons to travel abroad
The best time for Indian travelers to book for holiday destinations is two months in advance, reveals a survey by KAYAK (KAYAK.co.in) - the world’s leading travel search engine.
According to KAYAK’s latest 2019 ‘Best Time To Book’ from India travel guide, the best time for Indian travelers to avail the best deals on airfare are on Wednesdays at 8:30 AM. By making advance bookings of two months for international trips and two weeks for domestic travel, they can save anywhere from 10% to 47%.
Based on KAYAK’s data, it is revealed that March is the cheapest month for quick getaways to destinations like Dubai, Bali and Hong Kong, if booked two to three months in advance. For travels within India, travelers can save anywhere between 26% to 37% by planning a trip for July to southern regions like Goa, Chennai, Hyderabad and Port Blair.
The survey also reports that domestic destinations like Goa, New Delhi and Mumbai; and international locations like Bangkok, Dubai and Singapore are the most searched destinations by Indian travelers.
KAYAK’s data and analysis also reveal that the best way to save on flight cost is not necessarily by booking early in advance - rather, knowing the right time to book is more important. In fact, savings are not limited to only Asian destinations: some popular long-haul destinations like New York, London, Toronto and Moscow, where Indian travelers can book with at lower price if they book 1.5 – 2.5 months in advance.
Abhijit Mishra, Regional Director of KAYAK India & the Middle East said, “KAYAK looked through it historical data collected from the past two years to draw together our findings in the 2019 “Best Time to Book” from India travel guide. We hope that the guide will serve as a helpful reference for Indian travelers when planning travel to their top international and domestic destinations.”
Whenever travelers feel unsure whether it is the right time to book, users can use KAYAK’s unique Price Forecast feature, which uses previous flight data to predict whether flight prices are likely to drop, or whether you should ‘Buy now’. Or set up a Price Alert for desired flights and hotels, to receive instant notification as soon as the price changes for the deal you’re interested in.