There’s a new trend in travel, and it could end up saving both your vacation plans and your money. It’s called “travel stacking” or “trip stacking” and, if you aren’t familiar, travel expert Sarah Dandashy of Ask a Concierge has put together a quick half-minute video explanation of all the ins and outs.
Here’s what she has to say:
When did ‘travel stacking’ start?
The trend is fairly new, according to Misty Belles, managing director of Virtuoso, a luxury travel network. She told CNBC.com that it began this year between May and June, shortly after vaccinations in the United States became widely available. It apparently picked up over the summer and continues to be something travelers are doing to ensure their plans don’t fall through.
The trick, as Dandashy notes in her video, is to ensure both trips have flexible enough cancellation policies that you don’t end up losing money in the process.
Is there a downside?
Some industry experts agree that the travel stacking trend could make prices for flights and accommodations go up in the near term. It could also end up altering how hotels handle cancellation policies.