For those flying to Disney World their biggest expenses are flight + Resort. This brings up a common question, should I book my flight or hotel first for my Disney World vacation? Today we are going to explore the reasons for either option.
First, learn how far out you can book a Disney Resort. Plus, how far out you can book a flight with select major airlines.
How Far Out Can you book a Disney Resort?
Guests can book their Room-Only Reservations up to 499 days prior to their visit (by calling only or with help of a Travel Agent). If you are interested in a Disney vacation package, this is usually released during the summer for the following year. For instance, a January 2021 and a October 2021 visitor would both have to wait until Summer 2020 to book their package. However, by booking your Resort up to 499 days out you increase the chance of getting the Resort you really want. Then, you can add any packages or specials that may come up to your reservation at a later date.
How Far Out Can you book Flights?
Next thing to know is how far out you can book Flights. See examples from major airlines below.
- Alaska Airlines: Up to 331 days out
- American Airlines: Up to 331 days out
- Delta Airlines: Up to 331 days out
- Jet Blue: No set date, typically 180-240 days out (6-8 months)
- Southwest: No set date, typically 90-180 days out
- United Airlines: Up to 331 days out (11 months)
Now, the question – Should I Book My Walt Disney World Resort Or Flight First?
If your dates are not flexible and flights are released already, I would consider booking flights first. After all, if you can not get a flight, what good is your Resort? This is especially true if you are traveling during a Holiday or School vacation. Another reason to book flights first is you can adjust your arrival and departure days to fly out on the cheapest date possible, if your vacation dates are flexible.
On the flip side, flight prices are usually cheapest a couple months prior to travel, which would mean booking your Resort first or risk it selling out. Then, be ready and watching for flights to hit their lowest point, especially if flights have not been released yet. Another strategy is to watch for release dates of your flight and be ready to purchase that day. Additionally, it is usually easier to change dates for Resort room than it is for flights.
All things considered, my vote is to book your Disney Resort first and then flights. I like having the peace of mind knowing my Resort stay is locked in and then keep a lookout for release dates on my flights.