Vacations are some of the most precious memories we collect, but sometimes those memories can be clouded by moments of disaster, like unexpected last-minute changes, missed or canceled flights, and airline ticket price issues. last minute. Putting in a little extra planning early in the process can save you a pile of stress when you should be focusing on sunset sips and the wonders of the new town.
In partnership with Hopper, we’ve come up with a bunch of tips to make sure your most treasured memories are filled with vacation happiness, not booking regrets. From determining the best time to buy flights and accommodation to guaranteeing the best price when you see it, we’ve got you covered from the early stages of your dream vacation to seamlessly handling unexpected setbacks in road course.
Here are six tips to optimize your booking habits to make every future vacation as enjoyable as a balmy Balinese evening.
Book your trip at the best time
We’ve all done it – had big plans for a vacation, ticked crucial things off the list like approving time off at work, and mentally planned what you’re going to pack, but put off the crucial but expensive to book flights. It’s normal, but it’s not wise. If you really want to plan an unforgettable trip without the nasty bite of last-minute airfare prices, you need to book at the right time. An algorithm that gives you the big picture and lets you see when is the best time to book is a game-changer for your vacation budget. from the hopper The price prediction feature does just that. By predicting with 95% accuracy, you can search for the best price in the app, saving an average of $65 per ride.
Lock in the best prices while you can
This allows you to get a head start on vacation planning to ensure you get the best price. There’s nothing worse than browsing flight and accommodation options and spotting a great price one week that then raises the price the next week when you’re actually ready to book. To avoid disappointment that can dull the shine of your vacation before you even leave, be sure to research the best deals where you can put them on hold if you’re not ready to put down the cash just yet. To abandon disappointment forever, Hopper’s The Price Freeze product locks in and saves the best price for you until a set expiration date. If the price increases after you’ve locked in the freeze and are ready to purchase the flight, Hopper will cover the remainder of the cost up to the service cap (your coverage amount) shown at the time of purchase. If the price drops, you will pay the lower price. Win, win!
Protect your flights
There’s nothing worse than basking in your own organizational glory, with flights locked, ready to go, and then a wrench is thrown in the works. Delays, cancellations, and missed connections can be a huge mood killer, not to mention a big hit to your vacation bottom line. A little forethought before you go can save a world of pain when you’re in transit, and protecting your trip is one of the best risk-reward investments you can make. A function like this The Flight Disruption Guarantee is an easy solution. For a small upfront fee, you can add this product to your booking and if your flight is delayed, canceled or you miss a connection, you can rebook another flight or receive an instant refund on your missed flight at no additional cost.
Keep some extra money in your pocket
What’s the old saying? Should you spend money to make money? This is another travel hack that falls into the category of a little forethought that pays off in the long run. Suss where in your booking process, you can snag rewards every time you book a crucial part of your trip. If you’re the type to program and forget, Hopper’s The Carrot Cash feature is an easy way to see bonus credits drop into your account every time you book flights, accommodation or car rental through the app. Every time you book, you earn Carrot Cash rewards that can be spent on future in-app bookings. Do you like earning as much extra value as possible and sharing great deals with your friends? Get on board with Hopper’s referral program. Every time someone downloads the free app using your referral code, you will both earn $15 in Carrot Cash. You can earn the referral bonus up to 200 times, that’s up to $3000 to use on flights, accommodation and car rental, so tell all your friends.
Increase your sustainability factor with every trip
There are so many reasons we travel and a big one is to see the natural wonders the world has to offer. Whether it’s sipping sunset sips on a beautiful Fiji beach, hiking through lush rainforest, or gliding down the ski slopes, a beautiful setting is key to a memorable vacation. We also know that the production required to jet-set to stunning destinations impacts the very planet we love to explore. To reduce your impact on your next trip, keep an eye out for ways to balance travel emissions. Determined to contribute positively to the planet, Hopper has pledged to plant two trees for every booking made under its carbon offset plan. The The Hopper Trees Initiative is in partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects and sees trees planted in various locations around the world, promoting reforestation that pulls carbon out of the atmosphere, provides habitats for animals and restores soil health.
Always look for flexible booking options
If there’s one lesson we’ve all learned over the past few years, it’s that plans can change in the blink of an eye and flexibility is key. To make sure you don’t end up without the sand between your toes or memories of Italian spritzes, lock in your flights with flexible booking options. Spending a little extra time planning or investing in a failsafe at the start of your trip will save you a pile of heartache and wasted money if you have to cancel or change your plans at the last minute. Designed to take the stress out of unexpected hiccups, Hopper’s Cancel for any reason and Change for any reason options will keep the coin in your pocket when the universe surprises you. For all flights booked through Hopper, you can add these products at the time of booking so you can cancel or change up until your flight departure date. You will receive a credit for the full value from the airline or a full refund from Hopper depending on your booking.
Ready to start booking the trip of your life? head on here to download the Hopper app today.
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