If a friend sprang the opportunity to take a trip last minute, or you’ve decided you need a getaway and can’t wait a month, you may be wondering how to book a last minute trip without paying exorbitant prices. Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks of the trade to help you save money when booking last minute.
Use flight deal sites and apps
There are plenty of apps and websites all dedicated to finding cheap flights. Follow sites such as The Flight Deal and Airfarewatchdog on social media and sign up for their newsletters to be alerted when there are really cheap flights available. If you don’t have a specific destination in mind, but now what dates you want to travel, there are sites designed for that. Fareness allows you to look at a number of cheap destinations, whether you have a specific date in mind or just know you want your trip to happen in May.
Pay attention to the day of the week for flights
If you’re flying out the same week you’re buying your tickets, try to make your purchase on a Sunday or Tuesday. Many airlines will discount their fares on these days for flights that are happening within the week. Also, look for flights that depart on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. Flying on these days will help you to avoid the business travelers paying a premium rate, as they tend to fly on Mondays and Fridays.
Find a credit card that works for you
One of the best ways to book a last minute flight is by using a credit card that offers travel perks. Many credit companies have cards specifically designed for those who love to travel, and you get rewarded for doing so. Some cards also offer points or cash back for purchases you’d be making anyway, such as eating out, booking a hotel, renting a car and ordering takeout. Do some research so you can find the best card for you and enjoy the rewards.
Purchasing your flight, hotel, rental car and activity passes in one giant bundle doesn’t sound like the coolest thing ever, but it can help save you a lot of money. The flight may cost more upfront than booking through one of the low-cost services, but adding in all of the extras often keeps your cost lower than it would be purchasing everything separately. Some travel booking services offer bundled packages, including Expedia and Priceline.