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When do owners List for next season

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Looking to book a trip for next january, probably only a long weekend. is there a general time of year when owners think "i'd better get the flat on booking.com" etc? is it better to just get something now, or wait a little while? in the past i've always been of the opinion that earlier is better, however got stung by booking early for a recent trip to nottingham (completely different i know) , which made me wonder if my tactics were the best after all.

looking at Val Thorens for 6 adults probably, i've heard Les Menuires could serve as a good alternative, however is probably more family orientated than our group would be after.
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@MountainIdiot, when i was renting I was listed all year round. At this time of year peak weeks would have been already booked and by August I was usually almost fully booked.

What do you mean by got stung? If the prices dropped then that's the risk you take but you have got what you want. My prices never changed
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Usually about Spetemebr the agents ask if when I want to let my apartment for the next year.
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We list at least a year ahead.

And we do drop prices nearer the dates... although we are getting better about setting them appropriately.
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@MountainIdiot, my flat is available to book right up until the end of next summer. I don't release dates on Booking dot com until nearer the time.
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I think that the responses indicate that there is no single answer to the question. My experience in booking for the season ahead has been that many listing on Homeaway and AirBnB are not actually available but become available once the owners set the dates around Sept.

The choice at that point is to work out whether you find something you like and book it or wait until more come on. I tend to find something and book it. Owners IMO would be glad that they have a week of their apartment sorted 9 months ahead. Also, I am getting a choice of the best available earlier than when most people are looking. You don't need to rush it for fear that someone else will pull the pin quicker.

If you're waiting for a price drop, I can't see this happening until much closer to the date you want to travel. So you run the risk at that point of taking what is on offer rather than a wider selection of available properties.
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holidayloverxx wrote:
What do you mean by got stung? If the prices dropped then that's the risk you take but you have got what you want. My prices never changed

@MountainIdiot. If this is what you mean, then it is no different to flight, hotel, TO prices etc changing over time depending on supply and demand. In fact I suspect that you get a "fairer" deal with small owners, in that they are less likely to increase prices close to departure even if for some reason their accommodation remains unbooked but the rest of the resort has "filled up".

If you mean that the owner withdrew the accommodation even though you had booked it well in advance, that is a different matter. Perhaps a greater risk with "private" rentals than commercial operations, but again reflected in the price.
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Owners IMO would be glad that they have a week of their apartment sorted 9 months ahead.

But the OP wants a long weekend - which will usually mean owners losing two full weeks rental. So they're not likely to be keen to do that until much nearer the time, if they have two empty weeks.
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@pam w, agreed, unless it fitted in with my own plans to visit, or an existing longer booking, I wouldn't be giving away any short breaks so far in advance. I do occasionally have a 3 or 4 day break available, as we have regulars who sometimes stay for 10 nights, but I nly put it up for sale once they have made their booking.
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so to clarify, the "got stung" comment was simply that we booked in advance with a large chain in the UK and by the time the trip came, the same room was available for a far cheaper price. obviously i know that simply isn't the case with apartments in the alps, prices are pretty much as they are and won't change, the main reasoning behind my question was, should i go for whatever is on offer now, and relax knowing i have secured accommodation or is it better to wait a month or two, when there may be more choice/better apartments on offer. mainly i worry that i'd leave it too late, and there then would only be the more expensive or poorly located places available, if any!
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@MountainIdiot, For January I would say you could leave it till September...if you can hold out that long, alternatively if you find somewhere you like on Booking.com they might have a no fee cancellation so you could book it and cancel if necessary
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@MountainIdiot,
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o to clarify, the "got stung" comment was simply that we booked in advance with a large chain in the UK and by the time the trip came, the same room was available for a far cheaper price.

It is a bit worrying having booked an apartment then finding it is being readvertised.
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@johnE, sounds like a hotel on that occasion
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@MountainIdiot, We often have a long weekend in January.
We source our flights in the summer and then leave it until late December or early January to choose resort and hotel. Never a problem as it's a quiet time in resort.
Just decide which region you would like to ski and get your flights booked would be my advice.
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