Saudi Arabia closes the Umrah visas approximately 15 days before the end of Ramadan. This totally makes sense since you are only allowed 15 days in the country and after Eid as they close the border and issuing Umrah visas as they prepare for the Hajj season. I have been thinking for a long time to write a post about the “right time to book your Umrah”.
I thought nobody will care about such a post but in reality, it has been one of the most read posts. So let’s see when is the best time to book your Umrah.
The best time to book is during the “off-peak season” and when hotels have sales. December is very busy as well as Ramadan and School Holidays for the USA and the UK. These times usually the prices of flights and hotels are expensive.
If you can’t avoid the school holidays then…
My best time to book Umrah will be during the sale period for the hotels as you can find bargain prices and have an Umrah for as little as £700 per person.
Hilton properties in Makkah and Medinah usually have long sale promotions as well as Accor Hotels which now has several brands in the country.
I have said it many times before that planning and having a strategy is your best way of scoring a deal. If you know you want to be booking Umrah don’t leave it last minute since this is what the majority of people do. Book now because even the cancellable rates are cheaper. I always have a fear of booking non-cancellable rates when it’s so many months in advance; so I would recommend this to you as well.
If you are booking on points then book now as you can cancel anytime. Point stays are available and they make a super good deal for December in Makkah. I discuss this in depth my DIY Umrah course and I think it’s great to keep stacking your points.
With some of the new options available, you can save a tonne of money.
Hilton Towers is only 12,000 + £32 a night, the new Hyatt is 7,500+ £65 and Intercontinental Dar Al Tawhid is only 35,000 points for the night. Making any of these hotels a bargain price! Keep an eye on all the International hotel chain offers and then stock on points. This makes, even more, sense with all the new hotels coming in Makkah soon.
Another good thing with Umrah in December and especially during the holidays is that you only need to take 7 working days off. However, with weekends and bank holidays, it turns into a 16-day vacation. Not bad really. It pays off to plan ahead.
From the emails, I received it seemed so far as it seems that Umrah’s for December start at £1500 for a double room; which is not a bad price for those who don’t know. However, we know that you can get a whole family for Umrah at this price. 🙂
In short, book during hotel sales or when point options are available especially very expensive stays during the holidays. This way you are sure you are getting a good deal.
One of my favourite options for looking for hotels is using Skyscanner as it shows you the best availability if you don’t know how to use it check out my guide here. Because you are booking hotels sometimes that are non-refundable you want the best option so I use Hotels.com and Tripadvisor to check out the prices and reviews.
On the other hand if you want to save money cash when it comes to Umrah make sure you sign up for the waiting list on my DIY Umrah course.