How And Where To Find Cheap Rates–At The Last Minute

Airline Tickets

No longer do you have to pay an arm and a leg to get an airline ticket at the last minute. In fact, getting an airline ticket at the last minute can be cheaper than if you would have paid if you had made plans ahead of time.

If you are flexible, you are the type of person that can make arrangements for last minute travel and still get your money’s worth. There are cheap flights available, but you have to be able to take whatever is left. That’s why you have to be flexible. You are not guaranteed anything.

If you are able to roll with the punches, you will benefit by getting some of the cheapest airfare prices available.

For flights that are barely half full, you can get last minute travel at a discount. The airlines need money for some of the empty seats that are still available. You will be able to get a cheap price on a flight that is close to empty.

It costs the airlines money if they cannot fill up their seats. If the airline lowers the fares, they have a chance to get more people in the seats. In order to take advantage of it, you will have to take that particular flight that is available at the time.

One of the best places to look for discounted or bargain airline fares is the internet. The internet has changed the way that people conduct research. You can find your own deals by plugging in some information, including keywords that can help you to narrow your search. You can even go so far is to name your pricing and last minute travel deals.

While researching online, you must comparison shop with other sites in order to find the best price for you. One thing that will make a difference in doing this is that you should be flexible in your dates. Not only will you have a better chance of getting what you want at the last minute, but you will be able to save more money.

Check the airlines’ websites. You may be able to find discounts and specials on flights that were not advertised to the public. If you find something and decide to reserve it online, you can also save a little money that way.

In order to save money on transportation, airports have a park and fly service. You can park your car at the airport for a daily rate. Getting a taxi would cost you more money.

Even if you don’t live near the airport, you would come out better driving.

Or, if you are near public transportation and don’t have a lot of luggage, take that instead. That will save you plenty of money. There are a lot of major metropolitan cities now that have public transportation to the airport.


Make sure that you are flexible when it comes to your itinerary. You want to be able to have a secondary set of dates in the event you can’t get your first choice.

You may want to bundle hotel and car rentals because a lot of times that is a way of getting a cheaper rate for last minute travel.

For bargain hotel rooms that are available at the last minute, you don’t have to get anything that is substandard. There are plenty of hotels that are not always reserved to the maximum capacity. A lot of times, there will usually be some rooms available.

You can stay in a nice hotel and pay a bargain price for it. The only way for you to get that price is to ask for it. You will not get anyone that will offer you lower rates. All they can do is tell you yes or no. At least you would have made an attempt to ask.

You can ask when you are getting ready to reserve your room, and confirm those rates when you’re about to check into your room.

If you are able to get a cheap hotel rate, you will have more money to spend on yourself. Most, if not all people that book hotel rooms only stay in the hotel when they’re sleeping.  

Make sure that you have an airline reservation prior to booking your room at a hotel. There is more advantage in having a packaged travel deal. They usually have more to offer the last minute traveler. If you make reservations for a hotel room first, you will miss out on whatever savings are available from the packaged travel deal.

Check for family discounts and frequent guest plan packages. You will have to ask what is available. The bargains are out there; however, if you don’t ask, you won’t know.

If you don’t have to stay in a pricey hotel, there are always other options. Try bread and breakfast lodging, motels and self-sufficient apartments. You can also inquire about guesthouses.

In order to cut down on food costs, most hotels offer continental breakfast. There’s no extra charge for this, so take advantage of it if the hotel offers it.

Since hotels are not always booked to capacity, you should inquire about cancellations.

Also ask the hotel about last-minute check-in specials.

Car Rentals

In order to get a low cost for your car rental, you should get a compact vehicle (unless you’re too tall to drive one). In the process of reserving a vehicle, inquire about discounts and other package deals that may be available.

You should also check on insurance coverage. You can also save money by using your personal insurance. Most if not all insurance will cover any damages with car rentals, provided it’s in your policy.

Ask about weekend deals, daily deals and weekly deals. You just might be surprised at what you will find. One of the best places to check is on the internet. Car rental companies are always posting internet specials. You just may find one that suits you. Make sure to compare rates with different car rental companies. You don’t want your rental to be the highest cost of your travel.

Travel Insurance

You must be prepared for the unexpected. Even though you look to have a nice time during your trip, things can and will happen. You could get ill or the weather may play against you. You must have an alternate plan in the event this happens to you. A lot of people don’t think about that.

You should seriously consider getting travel insurance. Even though this insurance is nonrefundable, it’s better to pay money for it and have it than not to pay and then something should happen.

Find out what is covered with travel insurance. You need to read all of the information and know what you are buying. You must be proactive in all aspects of your travel, including this.