Summer is here and vacations are in full swing. Haven’t booked your vacation yet? Use these tips for booking last minute travel to get the best deals!
Being Flexible Is Better
Last-minute deals arise when airlines and hotels need to fill seats and rooms. Period. So it’s much easier to find bargains if you have no particular travel agenda. This might mean traveling on weekdays, flying very early or late in the day or on indirect flights, visiting a destination in the off-season or even heading to a city that you never before considered.
Hotels Have Deals Aplenty
Most hotels have deals available. Often these run for weeks or even an entire season, so you don’t need to book until you’ve found the cheapest airfare. Depending on the terms and conditions of the hotel offer, you might save additional money through memberships in loyalty programs or organizations like AAA or AARP. With larger hotel chains, check for deals on both the main and local property sites. And don’t be afraid to call the hotel for an unadvertised special or a manager willing to make a last-minute deal to fill an empty room.
Sound like a contradiction? It’s not really. Many savvy travelers stick to last-minute vacations. They stay on top of deals by signing up for special-offer e-newsletters and email blasts from travel planning sites, airlines, hotels and credit card companies. They also do a little old-fashioned research to avoid planning trips during peak seasons or major events, when prices tend to skyrocket.
Move Fast, but Pay Attention
Book incredible deals as soon as you see them. On some sites, they can be snapped up in minutes. That said, be sure you’ve read the small print and understand fully what you’re getting for the money and what you’re not.
Article source: AARP.com. It was published in Founders Springtimers Newsletter (June 2013).