Amongst my family and friends, I am known as the guy that can help you travel for free. Yet every year, people try to get me to help them book a last minute trip over the holidays. Often, there is not much that I can do.
How to book an award trip
There are three factors that generally affect your ability to book an award. First is the length of time in advance. Airlines open their award seats 11 months in advance, and many of the best seats are taken in the first month. Still there are many good seats available until about 7 months in advance, but then there are far fewer seats each month after that.
The next factor is your flexibility. Those with the most flexibility will have the easiest time booking award travel. Those who need to travel on specific dates are often disappointed. [click to continue…]