8 Ways To Save Money On Last Minute Airline Travel Deals Today!

By Annie André

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The Old Way To Save Money On Travel

For a long time, I used to think the only way to Save Money On Last Minute Airline Travel Deals was to book your tickets months in advance.

It wasn’t until we started travelling full time with the kids on a shoestring budget that I actively sought out ways to save more money on travel.

That’s when I discovered the often overlooked  Last Minute Travel Deal which can save you as much as 80 percent on travel depending on the destination and time of year.

How Do You Take Advantage Of Last Minute Deals?

There’s no secret and it’s not rocket science to find these deals. You just need to know what, where and how to take advantage of these often overlooked last minute travel deals.

I’ve put together 8 easy ways for you to that.

Are you ready?

1- Go To The Deals Section of Travel and Airline Websites.

Save Money On Last Minute Airline Travel Deals

The next time you use a travel comparison website like Orbitz.com or Expedia.com, look for their “DEALS SECTION”.

This is often where they hide, I mean keep their last minute travel deals.

TIP: If you are planning to be in another country, sometimes it’s best to use THEIR travel comparison websites.

Here are other examples of country specific sites and their “DEALS” section.

For example in the UK you could grab a bargain at Thomson in their deal section.

2- Be Flexible:

In order to take full advantage of last minute deals, you need to be flexible with your dates.  Being flexible means that you are fine travelling a few days or weeks before or after certain hot travel days like Thanksgiving or Christmas and New Years Eve.

3- Sign up for alerts:

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Airline websites, travel comparison and deal sites often let you sign up to get notified by email when last minute deals are available.

4- Follow Airlines On Twitter For Last Minute Travel Deals:

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Did you know that Airlines often use Twitter to announce their last minute deals?

I recently saw a sweet deal tweeted by Virgin America — $75 USD to fly from San Francisco to Washington.

You have to be fast though, sometimes these deals are only available for a few days to a few hours. That’s what’s so great about twitter. It’s real time.

Go Check Out Some On  Twitter Now!

Virgin America:  https://twitter.com/virginamerica

Jet Blue: https://twitter.com/JetBlueCheeps

Airfare Watchdog: https://twitter.com/airfarewatchdog

Why do last minute deals exist? Airlines don’t always sell all of their seats on flights (cruises don’t either). My theory is that airlines would rather sell a seat cheap at the last minute over getting nothing for them at all. What do you think?

5-Don’t Shop For Deals On The Weekend:

In case you didn’t know, the day you shops for your deal can make a huge difference in price.

I once shopped for tickets everyday for two weeks.  I didn’t change any of my search parameters except for the day I was looking up the prices.

The ticket price flights fluctuated daily just like the stock market but I defenitely noticed that certain days were cheaper to search on. As much as a few hundred dollars in some cases.

Guess what Tuesday, Wednesday and Sometimes Thursday is the best day to book flights.

There is a perfectly good explanation for this but I won’t get into that. It is what it is so take advantage of this information and see for yourself.

6- Look For All Inclusive Last Minute Deals:

You can often save even more money if you book a last minute bundled vacation that includes a flight, hotel and sometimes a car too.

7- Check Airlines Directly:

Some airlines don’t get aggregated in the travel search engines like Orbitz or Expedia.  South West, an American airline is one such airline so check these airlines directly just in case.

8- Be Adventurous And Go Where The Deals Take You:

visit dubrovnik Croatia: another way to Save Money On Last Minute Airline Travel Deals

You may find a deal going someplace you’ve never heard of like Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Don’t dismiss a place just because you’ve never heard of it. Often times these places are more beautiful than you could ever imagine.

Cons flying last minute:

Depending on how you look at it, there are some cons to booking last minute  deals.

  1. It may be harder for larger groups and families to fly last minute together. Deals sometimes only consist of a few seats and they may not be together.
  2. You may be choosing flights or holidays that other people don’t want. This can also be a plus to find hidden treasure locations.
  3. The last minute deal may be an unpopular time to travel. For example, it may be the rainy season in Thailand.
  4. There may not be as many last minute deals during the time you want to go. i.e.. during peak travel times like summer vacations or school holidays when the kids are free to travel you may find that the deals aren’t really that great or non-existent.
  5. You may not be able to pick your top destination choice. Don’t expect to find last minute deals to Paris for rock bottom prices.

It’s not always convenient to travel using last minute deals but it’s nice to have one more tool in your toolbox to help you locate those deals and save boat loads of cash.

What do you think?  Have you or would you ever consider booking a last minute deal. Leave me your comments below.

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  1. I used to work for Flight Centre (this is in no way sponsored or endorsed or anything) so I can honestly say that sometimes (not always!) the travel consultants can find a cheaper deal than you could online. This only applies to long-haul flights or multi-destinations so it’s worth sending through an enquiry if you’re travelling long-haul. If you’re just booking a cheap flight within Europe then don’t bother as they won’t be any cheaper.

  2. Hey Annie

    Dubrovnik looks wonderful doesn’t it! I’d love to go there.

    We’re less inclined to get a last minute deal whilst the kids are still so young. Certainly though it’s something I would do in the future.

    At the minute we generally stay in the UK when we go on holiday but we have plans to take the kids to Switzerland on their first holiday abroad when they are a little older. Can’t wait!

    Great tips Annie and something I will definitely bookmark!

    Tim

  3. What a fabulous post Annie and just in time for the holidays too. Of course, my travel plans are walking next door. lol…

    But, I will be traveling to Nashville next year to attend my nephews high school graduation. It’s not until May so I do have plenty of time to make those arrangements.

    But you are definitely the queen in this area my friend. I’m sure glad you’re sharing this all with us.

    Thank you so much Annie and you guys have a wonderful week.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Thank You Adrienne,
      You have plenty of time to book your flight. And frankly i would not use a last minute deal to fly for something as important as your nephews wedding. You need to make sure you can get there. Last minute deals are just or people who want to or are able to take advantage of the deals with no real guarantee of when and where…

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