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New guideline teaches you when to book summer trips for big savings

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Booking your travel to Prague 3 to 7 months out can save travelers 24 percent off their hotel bill, says TripAdvisor. Image: DaLiu/Istock.com via AFP Relaxnews

Eyeing a trip to Paris in June? Best book now to get the hottest hotel deal. And if you’re looking to travel somewhere in South America, the United States or Asia this summer, you’re going to want to plan ahead and book three months out.

That’s according to new research from online travel and review site TripAdvisor, which looked at its hotel pricing data to find the least expensive times for reserving hotels this summer in popular destinations around the world.

For the report, analysts defined the best times to book as periods when hotel prices are consistently less than the destination average.

If Paris is on your radar this summer, for instance, the numbers show that booking within two months of your trip can shave 23 percent off your hotel bill versus peak rates.

Other big savings can be found for travelers headed to the Middle East, who can stand to save 19 percent if they book two months out and travelers planning a trip to South America, where booking within three months can shave 15 percent off their hotel rates.

“Bargain hunters know that timing is crucial when it comes to booking the lowest hotel prices,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor in a statement.

“TripAdvisor data shows that travelers can often find the best prices on summer hotels months in advance, with a booking sweet spot typically within three months of their trip. By doing their homework… travelers can discover the best deals on their hotels for summer.”

Overall, minimum lead times for the U.S., South and Central America and Asia is three months for hotel savings, while Africa and the Caribbean is four months.

Travelers headed to the Middle East and the South Pacific have a bit more leeway, with just two months needed to find a sweet deal.

Here are some of the cities that offer the best savings with a little advance planning:

New York: book two months ahead to save 23 percent.
Chicago: book within two months for 18 percent savings.
Bangkok: book three to nine months ahead to save 33 percent.
Budapest: book three to five months out to save 35 percent.
Dubai: book within six months for 24 percent savings.
Hong Kong: book within five months to save 23 percent.
Istanbul: book within five months for 33 percent savings.
Mumbai: book within three months for 24 percent savings.
Prague: book three to seven months out for 24 percent savings.
Rome: book four to eight months to save 21 percent. JB

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