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Demand for travel is higher than ever, and with demand comes low seat supply and high prices. With inflation rising too, this means travelers can expect to spend more than usual on their flights this summer.
But what if you are traveling on a limited budget? Or do you just want to save as much money as possible on your flights?
Kayak.com has introduced a new ride tool called Best time to travel which will help travelers to choose the best time to travel.
The tool works by comparing not only flight prices, but also crowd levels, expected weather forecasts, and seasonality to help you get the best possible experience, as well as price, for your next trip.
Here’s everything you need to know about how this tool works and why it’s so useful:
How does Kayak’s ‘best time to travel tool’ work?
Enter the destination you’d like to fly to, the airport you’d like to depart from, and the duration of your proposed trip. The tool will do the rest.
The tool offers 280,000 routes for travelers to choose from, meaning there’s something for everyone, whether you want to visit a popular tourist hub or an off-the-beaten-path destination.
You will be given a full results page telling you the best month to travel and why.
For example, if you want to take a 7-day trip from New York to Venice, Kayak’s advice is that you should take your trip in September.
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The tool says: “This is it: you should travel to Venice in September. Because? Because the airfare is lower than you would normally see, the weather will still be good (expect daily temperatures around 66°F) and you probably won’t see many crowds. »
You can then drill down further to find the best dates within that month.
What makes the Kayak tool unique is the large number of variables it takes into account when evaluating the best time to travel.
In addition to sharing the minimum and maximum flight prices per month for your chosen destination, the tool will dig deeper to help you determine when you book your flights.
Don’t want to be at a beach resort during the rainy season? Hoping to explore the Mediterranean when crowd levels are low? All of this will be taken into account when providing your ‘Best Time to Travel Recommendation’.
The tool will also provide you with average hotel prices by date, as well as the flight prices you would expect.
Once you’ve used the Kayak Best Time To Travel tool to narrow down the best travel dates for your budget and other needs, you can use the tool to assess the best day to book your flights and chosen hotel room when prices are at its lowest point. lower
If you’re not ready to book your trip when you use the tool, you can set up a Price Alert so that Kayak can send you an email when the prices of your chosen flight or hotel go up or down.
The sheer volume of information the tool provides makes it worth exploring, if only for research purposes before booking your next trip.
A crowded market for travel tools
This is not the first travel tool to be released this month.
Skyscanner has also launched a travel tool aimed at helping savvy travelers know when to book their flights, ensuring they get the best possible prices. The tool is called Skyscanner Savings Generator.
The Skyscanner tool focuses solely on the affordability of flights, telling users the cheapest destination to fly to their chosen destination. This means that if you can be flexible with your travel dates, you’ll likely save some money.
Other popular but more established travel tools include Google Flights and Hopper.
Like the Skyscanner tool, both sites focus on finding affordable flights rather than taking the more far-reaching approach to picking the right vacation dates that the Kayak tool does.
The sheer volume of travel tools on the market only shows that people are eager to take their vacation time and start traveling, and the high prices won’t deter them.
Travelers are willing to shop around and use whatever tools are available to take to the skies and enjoy the vacation of their dreams.
And the new tool from Kayak.com is a great tool to help turn those dreams into reality.
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