SAVVY travellers have no doubt been snapping up holiday deals during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
But for real bargain hunters, "Travel Tuesday" is when you'll find the most deals.
According to the travel app Hopper, tomorrow (December 3) will be the biggest-volume day for airfare and hotel discounts in the post-Thanksgiving shopping period.
The secret to Travel Tuesday is that industry demand is low in late November and early December — a period when most consumers have already booked their holiday travel, but have not yet started planning trips for the coming year.
Liana Corwin, Hopper’s consumer travel expert, explained: “Before it even had a name, airlines were already discounting flights on this day.
“It’s a really great incentive to get folks thinking about travel.”
This year, Hopper said Travel Tuesday will offer twice as many deals as on Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.
But travel experts warn consumers not to get too wrapped up.
If you shop on Travel Tuesday, they say, go in prepared.
That means setting a budget, setting up price alerts, scouring flight deal blogs and sites and social media, and doing your research.
And according to Skyscanner: “From previous years, for international travel, Travel Tuesday compared to Black Friday and Cyber Monday was actually the most expensive time to book flights.
“Cyber Monday was once again the cheapest.”
However, it added: "It remains to be seen whether 2019 will be any different on this front—it’s possible that while some airfare sales may take place, there will be relatively little publicity about them."
Our tips for finding the best deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday
IT might be tempting to dive in and snap up LOADS of items on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but here’s how you can guarantee you’re getting a good deal.
PREPARE Research the items you want to buy and find out the cheapest price. Websites like PriceSpy, PriceHistory and CamelCamelCamel will give you historical data on prices so you can see how much you should pay.
GET FOLLOWING Follow your favourite shops on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and sign up to its deals newsletter to get the latest on any offers. We post the best deals in our Sun Money FB group too.
EARN CASHBACK Check websites like Quidco and TopCashback BEFORE you place your order. Cashback websites PAY you to shop. All you have to do is click through their links and the money is added to your online account, usually within 14 days.
CHECK FOR CODES Take a look at The Sun Vouchers, and see if you can get extra savings with discount codes.
For those shopping around, Virgin Atlantic is keeping its Thanksgiving promotions open until tomorrow.
Ryanair will also be announcing more deals tomorrow.
This article was originally published by New York Post and was reproduced with permission.
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