With temperatures on the rise around the world, it feels like Summer is just getting started, but one glance at the calendar tells us that Autumn and all the activities that come with it are right around the corner. Schools are getting ready to go back in session, clothing stores are showcasing all the latest fall looks, and the biggest telltale sign of all: pumpkin spice is taking over everything!
Ready or not, fall is coming, and now is the time to start planning your fall vacation. Whether you are looking to sneak away once the kids are settled back into their school routines, already missing your college student and planning their first trip home during fall break, wanting to take in all the colors of Autumn, or simply looking to enjoy the quiet that traveling off-season offers, late summer is prime time to book fall travel.
And this year, Autumn leaves aren’t the only thing dropping. According to travel app Hopper, domestic airfare will drop around 25% between mid-August and early September and “will remain at or below $300 through late September, before beginning to rise slowly in October and November.” And Forbes reports that international airfares will also drop, though not as drastically – somewhere around 19% less than peak summer prices but still higher than where they were in 2019.
Whether you are traveling domestically or internationally, be sure to book early. Booking your flight four to six weeks ahead will garner the best deals, which means booking now for that mid-September or October trip, or even, dare we say, for your Thanksgiving week travel.
Travelers can expect flight disruptions to continue, so adding trip protection to your travel plans is recommended. A trip cancellation plan can reimburse up to 100% of non-refundable, prepaid trip costs, as long as the trip is canceled for a covered reason. It would be best if you bought a trip cancellation plan as soon as you book your travel to ensure you get maximum coverage, but you can purchase it up until the day before you leave. You would still gain beneficial post-departure coverage, such as trip interruption and travel delay, even if you buy it at the last minute.
For added protection, you can add Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) to some trip cancellation plans. CFAR will reimburse up to 75% of non-refundable, prepaid trip expenses if the reason for cancellation falls outside of the covered reasons on the base plan. CFAR must be purchased within 21 days of making your first trip deposit, and all non-refundable, prepaid expenses must be insured. It is also worth noting that CFAR can only be used if the trip is canceled two or more days prior to your departure date.
Regardless of how you feel about pumpkin spice and sweater weather, now is the time to book your fall trip. And once you book it, be sure to come back here and get a trip protection quote to help protect your investment.