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Old March 3rd, 2012, 11:28 AM
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I was looking to book our pre/post cruise hotel in San Francisco soon for 1 night each on September 25th and October 6th. I think I might be booking too early though.


When do you usually book your rooms?



I would like to use Hotwire as the hotel I am looking at is usually on there but I think it is way to early for that as it seems like 30-60 days prior to arrival are when the best deals are offered.
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I was looking to book our pre/post cruise hotel in San Francisco soon for 1 night each on September 25th and October 6th. I think I might be booking too early though.


When do you usually book your rooms?



I would like to use Hotwire as the hotel I am looking at is usually on there but I think it is way to early for that as it seems like 30-60 days prior to arrival are when the best deals are offered.
Years ago it use to be that the later you booked the better the deal...That is not true anymore...You should have been booked already...Cruise lines give bigger discounts now the earlier you book. I book one year in advance.

Another reason I book early is to get the exact room I want. You see I want to make sure the night club or dinning room or any other loud venue is not right below my room...I pick out the best location for my room category..So how can you beat the best room with the best price...BOOK early...
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I think the OP was referring to HOTEL rooms.

To answer the OP question, I would place a flexible (i.e. cancellable ) booking now and then keep my eye open for specials.

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I think the OP was referring to HOTEL rooms.

To answer the OP question, I would place a flexible (i.e. cancellable ) booking now and then keep my eye open for specials.

Annie
I concur; best advice. I often book hotels a year in advance.
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I generally book 6 months in advance .
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I think the OP was referring to HOTEL rooms.

To answer the OP question, I would place a flexible (i.e. cancellable ) booking now and then keep my eye open for specials.

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Yes, I was referring to Hotel rooms.

I did end up booking the rooms now that I am able to cancel. I'll check Hotwire a month or 2 before, but I doubt I'll find anything cheaper.

Apparently I'll be there pre-cruise during a very large Oracle convention where 40,000+ will be in attendance.

Post cruise will be in the middle of Fleet Week.
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Yes, I was referring to Hotel rooms.

I did end up booking the rooms now that I am able to cancel. I'll check Hotwire a month or 2 before, but I doubt I'll find anything cheaper.

Apparently I'll be there pre-cruise during a very large Oracle convention where 40,000+ will be in attendance.

Post cruise will be in the middle of Fleet Week.
With such a large convention in town, you've done the best thing.

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I currently have a hotel booked for October 2013
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You are showing off - France?

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I currently have a hotel booked for October 2013
Now that is planning ahead!
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Now that is planning ahead!
Oh she does esp if it involves Europe.

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With hotels the only thing that matters in availability, I book them as far out as possible because I want to get the best deal I can.

The prices remain pretty consistent with hotels (not changing as much as air or cruises week to week) until they start to fill up (which is somewhat rare) but when they DO fill up they can really gouge you.

So, I book early.
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Oh she does esp if it involves Europe.

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definitely! We wanted a very specific B & B in Venice which is very popular with cruisers. Wanted to get a jump on it before Royal's Transatlantic goes on sale next week.
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Early is better. You did the right thing by booking now.
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I usually book as soon as possible . Sometimes almost 18 months in advance.
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For me

Step 1...Book Cruise

Step 2...Book hotel!

Always book hotel the same day as I book the cruise. This is especially important if you plan to use a park and cruise hotel to lock in your space!
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