“After a tumultuous year, it’s humbling and encouraging to see Kiwis’ passion for travel hasn’t wavered. Instead, it continues to grow, with many adding new destinations to their bucket lists and cherishing those special moments even more,” says Justine Yusi, Expedia ANZ Communications Manager.
Expedia’s step by step guide to maximising your holidays in 2021:
1.Book on a Sunday and fly on a Thursday: Based on past data, the ideal day to book your domestic flight is on a Sunday where the lowest ticket prices tend to occur. Whereas flying on a Thursday can save travellers almost 20% compared to departing on a Sunday.
2. Shoulder season and avoid school holidays: Peak seasons tend to equal higher prices. Avoid these time periods and opt for shoulder seasons where you can find significant savings.
3. Flexibility is foolproof: Flexibility is increasingly becoming a pre-requisite for Kiwis, with 34% saying they will only book travel that is fully refundable. For additional peace of mind, consider opting for flexible and refundable options in case any changes need to be made.
4. Bundle and save: Unlock savings by booking your flight and hotel together, with everything in one place, it takes the stress out of planning.
5. Play Public Holidays: By using just 16 days of annual leave, Kiwis can turn it into 48 days off, if planned strategically in 2021. Easter is the big one in 2021, take four days of annual leave for a 10-day break.
“We understand planning a holiday can be stressful and with the added uncertainty in this new normal, we want to make the process as simple and fun for travellers. As Kiwis continue to plan and book their future trips, Expedia is committed to providing travellers the right information and tools they need to feel confident and excited about travelling again.” – Justine Yusi, Expedia ANZ Communications Manager.