Travel booking windows are being extended with the recovery of the industry, according to a report from Skyscanner.

While the volume of travel bookings three months or more before departure lags behind 2019, there is a 24% increase in EMEA bookings between one month and 59 days in advance and a 38% increase in bookings between two months and 89 days ahead of travel.

In contrast, the booking window of less than a week has decreased and the number of bookings in the segment from one week to 29 days is also increasing.

Reservation models for North and South America show a similar pattern, with bookings between one month and 59 days increasing by 31%, while bookings made between two months and 89 days increased by 44%.

The booking segment for 90 days and more is also increasing by Skyscanner data showing a 15% improvement for the first three months of 2022

The window for bookings between seven and 29 days represents 29% of the volume as of the 12th week of 2022, while the volume of bookings made less than seven days before departure decreased by 46%.

Not surprisingly, booking horizons in the Asia-Pacific region lag behind in other regions, with bookings between seven and 29 days before departure now 37%, up from 27% in 2019.

The volume of reservations made less than a week before departure also remains high – 25% compared to the 2019 figure of 15%.

Research from Expedia Group Media Solutions too reveals the trend towards longer planning and reservation horizons.

The company says that in the first quarter of 2022, the global share of searches over a period of 180 days and through the window increased by 190%, while the search window from zero to 21 days decreased by 15% compared to the previous quarter.

The extension of the horizons for reservations is also noted by the big hotel brands, v Hilton saying during a recent call for profits that from most bookings within seven days during the worst days of COVID to about 50% within seven days in April.

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