Be Flexible with Dates
The more flexible you can be with the dates of your trip, the more money you are likely to save when it comes to booking. Hotel rates are often pricier on weekends, especially in well-trafficked tourist areas, so if possible, choose a Monday–Friday stay. Flights, too, are often more expensive on weekends; to avoid getting gouged, use multiday or flexible-date tools when searching for flights. Know that midweek is often the cheapest time to fly, and early-morning or late-night flights can be much more economical (plus airport-security lines will be shorter). If you can avoid the busiest weekends and holidays—Memorial Day, Labor Day, the Fourth of July—you'll likely find cheaper rates across the board.