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How does price vary across the season?

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Hi all,

Got a party of 4-5 looking for a week's trip late March, budget is tight and not helped by the weak pound.

Was wondering how to play it with regards to getting a good rate - there's clearly a dance you can do with the package companies, I just want to know if anyone knows the rules(!)

Are we better to lock a price in early, or given we're asking for low-season and we're pretty open to options could we leave it to the week before and pick up a bargain?

In short, how does the cost of booking a trip vary across the season? What are the main contributing factors and when can you get a good idea of how the pricing game is likely to play out for the season you're in?
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
@GnarFly, if you are flexible then leave it until days before, especially if you’re not fussed about location. Caveat - if it’s great late season snow then you may miss out.

Also who knows what Brexit May throw at us, you may need a visa and that can take time to get in place.

Also 4/5 is a consideration, 4 can be easy (2 doubles) whereas 5 can be harder to accommodate.

My take on the prospect / just get some cheap flights and transfer tickets booked now and get yourselves an air b&b asap and avoid tour operators. Also go high and with a lot of north facing slopes, late March can be either great or a slush fest depending where you are going....look at Val Thorens, Chamonix and Ischgl.....or maybe the EoSB?

Regards pricing - avoid school holidays and you’ll be ok, hit them and it’s price hikes and queues.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Super-early booking = cheap.
Early booking = expensive.
Mid booking = expensive.
Late booking = expensive.
Super-late booking = cheap.

Last edited by Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see? on Tue 2-10-18 19:50; edited 1 time in total
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Last minute TO means Friday before you fly and flight seats disappear faster than accomodation.

You can sit there and be warching a choice of 10 resorts and suddenly they vanish as the last seats to Salzburg or GVA sell. For 5 people its high risk. 2 2s maybe.
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