With masking optional on most flights and airports, people will embrace summer travel in 2022. As the days become longer and warmer, the opportunity to travel becomes more of a possibility. This raises the questions such as: Where to go? Is it safe to buy plane tickets in advance? Will you have to quarantine when you arrive? These are all questions that have answers. Here’s what you need to know about summer travel 2022 and how to plan for your next trip.
When to book your flight for summer travel 2022
If you’re reading this now and are planning on traveling this summer, you’ll want to jump over to Google Flights soon. Many travel professionals are advising travelers to book trips in advance. Airline prices are expected to increase as early as June. If you’re thinking, “how early is early?” the magic number is 64.
A 2021 survey by CheapAir.com shows that between 64-67 days before the expected trip date is the best time to buy domestic flight tickets. International flights can be a little more difficult to estimate a price increase. Buying your tickets at least a month to three months before your international trip could save you some money. Research shows that flight prices usually start to rise around 28 days before.
What if your plans change?
Underneath your lust for adventure, you may be feeling a little nervous about sudden changes. No one can forget that gut-wrenching feeling when you receive an email from your airline about your canceled flight. Although it seems as if last-minute cancellations are a thing of the past, preparation is important. Thus, many airlines have changed or expanded their cancellation and flight change policies. According to an article on NerdWallet.com, these changes in policies don’t always guarantee your money back. Many airlines offer free cancellation, and you’ll receive a free flight voucher. Remember to read the fine print before making a purchase.
Amongst flight flexibility, here are some other things to keep in mind:
Book accommodations with free cancellation or discounted extended stay. Like booking flights, make sure you understand what a company’s cancellation policy entails. Also, check rental car policies to make sure they are flexible with changes.