Savvy Kiwi travellers booking accommodation first Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Savvy Kiwi travellers booking accommodation first story by: House of Travel Author: Alex Hema New research from House of Travel and TNS shows nearly 60% of Kiwis book their flights before accommodation, but House of Travel says for some destinations, this is not the way to go. House of Travel Marketing Director Ken Freer says new research has shown the main reason Kiwis book their flights first is out of habit, but with more airlines and more capacity on planes in recent times, this way of booking travel may be behind the times. “Once upon a time, we were so restricted with our flights. There weren’t many seats and there weren’t many airlines. You had to get in early so you didn’t miss the cheaper fares,” he says. “Now, to get to Fiji alone, there are up to 20 flights from New Zealand every week. Because there are so many seats available and the airlines are competing for passengers in the Pacific Islands and Australia, there are sale fares throughout the year which your travel agent can keep an eye out for. Flights no longer go on sale just once or twice a year – it’s constant. ”Destinations within Asia such as Thailand are becoming increasingly popular with New Zealanders, with Vietnam and Bali both seeing double digit growth in NZ tourists in 2016. But with global demand increasing for accommodation in these tourist hotspots, particularly during peak season, it’s becoming increasingly important to secure accommodation in advance.” Freer says there are a number of pros of booking accommodation first, particularly when it comes to finding accommodation that is the best fit to your needs. “Ultimately, if you are travelling to Fiji or Samoa you will be spending a few hours on a plane versus an entire week in a resort. There are all sorts of things to consider as part of which accommodation package you choose – kids’ clubs, restaurants, location, room type, the list goes on. You want to take the time to ensure your accommodation is the best fit for your needs,” he says. “When you’re booking your accommodation with a travel agent and you need to move your dates, there is much more flexibility and resorts often won’t charge like airlines do when you make a change to your flight. Because sales for airfares are so regular, you can often book the accommodation you want and wait to book your airfare, without being penalised for small date changes. “As Kiwis become savvier with this new and improved travel market, we believe we’ll start seeing a trend of accommodation bookings happening first, then flights, particularly for shorter haul destinations such as Fiji and Samoa. We want Kiwis to stop doing what they’ve always done and start booking smarter, to create the best holiday possible.” Click here for all of House of Travel's latest holiday deals. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Done this? Tell your friends about it.