Jillian Pierce - February 13, 2018
Seriously, stop reading this blog immediately and go ahead and book your vacation. Ok, maybe not right this second, but definitely soon. Why would you wait? There are several advantages for the planners that book their vacation months in advance rather than waiting until the last minute.
You’ll Have More Available Rentals to Choose from
You don’t want to end up in a condo that hasn’t been updated since shag carpet and fake plants were all the rage. The best condos fill up fast. You’ll have much better luck finding a room that’s been updated with modern décor and technology (I’m talking flat screen TVs and Blu-ray players instead of box TVs and VCRs) if you’re doing your research in January instead of June.
You’ll Save Money
It’s simple supply and demand. As more and more reservations come in, vacation rental companies increase the price on their remaining inventory. That means the longer you wait to book your vacation, the more money you’ll end up paying. Make your reservation earlier in the year to lock in the lower prices before they start to go up.
You Won’t Have to Put Down a Huge Deposit
So this varies by rental company, but generally speaking if you book your reservation more than a month in advance you’ll pay a smaller deposit that you would if you book at the last minute. Most rental companies require a 50% deposit for reservations booked more than a month in advance and full payment for reservations made within a month of the arrival date. Some companies even let you book with $0 down if you’re booking far enough in advance. For example, Spectrum guests are not required to pay anything until 30 days from their booking date. So you can lock in a great rental at a low rate and not even have to spend a penny to do it!
You’ll Have More Time to Plan Your Trip
Booking early allows you to better plan your vacation. Once you know where you’re going to stay, you can search the amenities in the area for you and your family to enjoy while on vacation. It also gives you more time to coordinate with friends and family members that may want to come along on the trip too. You could even look at bunking up and staying in a larger condo (there are four and even five bedroom options available) to split the cost and save some money.
You’ll Have a Vacation to Look Forward to
Wouldn’t you rather take your time and plan out your vacation or be stressed and scrambling to book something last minute? Think about it, you could have everything planned and reserved before winter is even over and you’ll have a vacation to look forward too. It’s much less stressful than waiting until June to try and pull a summer vacation together.