Booking Flights in Advance: How Early is Too Early?

By: Cree Robinson It’s no secret that 2020 was one heck of a year, and I’m sure for a lot of us, one of the most unpredictable of our lifetime. For the majority of us, 2020 was spent on lock down, inside our places of residence wondering when life would return to normal. Now that 2021 has finally graced us with its presence, many of us travel addicts, wanderlusters, and busy bodies

are beginning to experience what feels like a glimmer of hope that we may be able to travel again...soon.

Now, the question is “when”? As more and more vaccination rollouts are underway, when can we actually look forward to laying out on the beaches of Jamaica, posing for pics for the 'gram? According to travel experts, things are expected to slowly begin opening up this year, however until that happens, there is still a lot of uncertainty around when it is actually safe to travel and many parts of the world are still advising against it (although, the CDC has recently released an update that those who have been fully vaccinated are safe to travel after 2 weeks).

However, that doesn’t mean we can’t begin booking our flights for future trips. Even though there are some restrictions, most airlines are still offering bookings to various destinations. There are some important factors to consider though when making the decision to book your flight early or not, namely, flight cancellation policies and entry restrictions.

If you do decide to book your trips in advance, reviewing the cancellation policies before doing so is an absolute must if you want to avoid losing money. Last year, I had to cancel a total of 4 trips, 2 for which I had already bought tickets for and 1 for which I was able to get an unrestricted travel credit.

What I mean by unrestricted travel credit is that the credit could be applied towards any type of flight as long as it is used within 2 years of the purchase date. Thus, the one trip that came out unscathed, was a girls’ trip to Cancun and we will be able to book our same plans down the line.