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when is the best time to book a holiday to get a good price

dudley west midland
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when is the best time to book a holiday to get a good price

Any advice please, we have been travelling to khao lak for many years and members of family want to go for the first time and have asked me when is the cheapest time to book a holiday for January 2016. We normally book in september. Do the prices vary throughout the year, do certain airlines have sales throughout the year? Does anyone know?

Poulton Le Fylde...
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for Khao Lak, Khao Sok National Park
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1. Re: when is the best time to book a holiday to get a good price

Up to January 15th is still Peal Season and rest of January through to mid April;l High Season. Mid January to mid February is one of the most popular periods with prices remaining fairly stable.so the longer you leave it the less choice you will have. You cannot predict if or when resorts will change their prices. It will depend on how busy Khao Lak is near the time. Similarly with airlines unless there are sales, which again are unpredictable (Emirates and Qatar have just finished theirs) the later you leave it the higher the price unless you are completely flexible and prepared to keep checking daily and book when you think you have got a "bargain". I booked our flights for our return November to March with Qatar from Manchester before we left Khao Lak in April as soon as the return flights were announced at the lowest price (£480 pp) I have ever paid for this length of stay). Where would your flights be from? Use Skyscanner.net using the "Any United Kingdom" for departure airport and "Whole month" for date to search for flights for your dates and duration but book direct with the airline or a reputable agency. Emirates are showing £583 pp for Depart Birmingham to Phuket (change in Dubai) 13/01/16 Return 28/01/16 for booking direct or £556 (+ Card Charge) with NetFlights.com. Those are excellent prices for that period.

Telford, United...
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2. Re: when is the best time to book a holiday to get a good price

Just booked for the Pullman (formerly le Meridien) Katilia Spa and resort. Been looking for a couple of months and always go in mid to late October (end of rainy season) as the prices are much reduced from the high season - Biggest issue this times was choice of departure airport, airline and flight times. By moving either side of your intended departure date can save you anything from £20 to £80 per person, also taking a "not so good" schedule flight (which are the ones the travel agent will sell you at a great price!) will again reduce the package price quite considerabley. Travelbag are offering 10 nights B&B in a Delux room leaving in October for about £745!!!!! Dep BHX via Dbai to PHK - transfers are extra though. Expect this to double during high season. I've spoken to a few T Agents over the years and they all say fix and pay for your flights ASAP! as its the airline costs that can fluctuate almost daily form the price of fuel to landing fees and availabilty. As soo as they see demand going up for a given flight up go the prices as the seat availability reduces. Hope this helps. - This will be our 4th trip to Khao Lak

Edited: 19 May 2015, 19:05
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