Last minutes travel means, planning a trip on a "short notice", which usually takes place within 14 days after booking your ticket. Putting a short notice trip out of impulse or necessity is not that easy, but here are some tips on how to plan a last minutes travel.
Last Minutes Travel Hacks
- Look for Plane Tickets with Combo Deals. Buying a plane ticket in a short notice is more expensive than buying months ahead. You might pay a little if you look for combo deals bundling your plane ticket with hotel and rental car. You can look online for good-value vacation packages.
- You should know the perfect day and time to book your plane ticket. Most airlines often offer discounted flights during Sundays and Tuesdays for flights later that week.
- Compare one-way tickets before booking your round-trip tickets. Buying separate one-way tickets on two different carriers is sometimes cheaper than booking a round-trip ticket.
- Traveling in low season is a lot cheaper. You can get a great deal on destinations that are not in high season. Booking a plane ticket during a peak season travels like holidays summer can be expensive. For example, to get a great vacation deal, you can visit Europe from September to March or visit the Caribbean from May to October.
- Don't ignore airlines' newsletters. Subscribe to emails from airlines so that they will send you newsletters about their last-minute flight deals.
- Don't rush in booking flight deals. Be careful in booking your plane tickets, don't book to fast. Don't grab a flight deal before looking for a hotel to stay especially if you're traveling in a peak season. Make sure that you already have a place to stay before booking your plane ticket.
- Don't rent a car at the last minute. Last-minute car rental in a major city is notoriously expensive, especially during weekends. Taking public transportation to the suburbs is a lot cheaper than renting a car. It’s also to your advantage if you’re new in the area.
- When you're looking for a place t stay, contact the hotel directly. You can get the number of the hotel online, speak to the front desk or manager and ask for the best available rate. You can also check the hotel rates listed online, then you can call the hotel's number directly and ask the availability or for better deals.
- When you're booking on Airbnb, try to bargain with your host. Here's your advantage, you are dealing directly with the property owner and the rates can be negotiable.