5 Secrets to Snagging Last Minute Travel Deals
Are you experiencing the winter blues already? You’re not alone. With the sudden onset of winter, thousands of people are rushing to get away from the daily grind and sip drinks in a sandy oasis. If you don’t have your heart set on a particular location, or hotel, last-minute travel may be perfect for you.
Whether you’re booking 14 days in advance, or are literally baggage in hand at the airport, we’ve got some smart tips to keep in mind:
1. Subscribe to last-minute airline e-blasts
Airlines will send email blasts with last-minute deals, and you’ll find excellent “flash sales” on social media (especially Twitter). The blasts usually come around the holidays or when a cold spell is about to hit – a perfect marketing strategy for the impulsive cold-hating travellers.
2. The savings are in the accommodations
Don’t be picky if you’re travelling last minute. If you plan to spend money on excursions or cuisine, why not book a local B&B? Cute and quaint bed and breakfasts help support the local businesses and give a unique perspective into the local culture and lifestyle. Check Bed and Breakfast for options around the globe.
3. Midweek travel is cheaper
If you have the option to be flexible with dates, choose a week day. Most hotels drop their prices to nearly half during the week because of a low occupancy and high need to fill the empty suites. Check out sites like Hotels and Trivago for sweet deals on trendy hotels. Traveling on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday helps you save the most.
4. Become the coupon queen
Keep your eye on websites like Groupon, that offer great last-minute vacation packages that often include airfare and flexible dates. Another great advantage to Groupon is the ease of access to deals in other parts of the nation. If you’re planning a trip to California, check out the restaurant excursion deals for popular spots there – chances are you’ll be able to grab a gourmet meal every night for half the price!
5. Do your research
Most travel sites claim to have the best prices, but don’t settle for the first deal you find. Prices and packaged deals are updated by the minute. Sites like iTravel, Expedia and Sell Off Vacations are good places to start your hunt.
Remember, last-minute trips are not intended for crucial travel like business trips. Don’t rely on these methods when you are betting on being somewhere and getting home on a timeline.
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