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How To Get Last Minute Flight Deals

Updated on June 24, 2019

Getting Flight Deals

Most flights sell out because so many people are traveling now.

Good news is that now there are sites and free apps that help.

They show the cheapest and most expensive days to travel. You can even find out the cheapest times to leave and return. If you are planning, you can use the tools to see the cheapest month to fly.

Booking Last Minute

Do you feel like you are playing a game with these flights?

The prices are so low one minute and the next they aren't.

Here are some tips:

-Airlines have newsletters you can sign up for which let you know when they need to fill up.

-At Skyscanner.com, they publish a list of flights under $100 round trip every week. Their site is free to use. They also have price alerts.

Last Minute Flight Tips

-When customers cancel, some vacation companies sell the trips at big savings.

You could find yourself anywhere if it means its only $200 round trip to have a drink at an exotic beach!

-Cheap last minute flights go well with all inclusive deals. No planning to worry about. You simply need to be ready. If you wait to book until the last second you could seriously save a lot.


Last Minute Flight Cheat Sheet

There is a cheat sheet on skyscanner.com that has a lot of tips.

For Example:

August 2019 will be the cheapest month to book in the US. June will be the most expensive.

Cheapest Month To Fly

Cheapest Day To Fly

The Best Time Of Day To Book a Flight

Bereavement Fares

There are still bereavement fares for a last minute funeral. You should book your flight by phone and have the name of the relative.

Crack Of Dawn Flights and Rewards

Midday flights are much more expensive than red eye or crack of dawn flights.

Use Your Rewards

Credit card rewards can help. The formula is:

(ticket price - taxes and fees)/ rewards cost. Next, multiply that number x 100 to see the value.

Use Twitter!

Many airlines have the latest deals on their Twitter account.

Remember

You can always rent a car and drive closer to your destination if the airport you choose if farther away.

There is a lot of clickbait and scam travel agencies on the sites you will likely search.

Who To Follow For Last Minute Travel

  • TSA

The transportation Security Administration. They update Twitter and Instagram.

  • Airports

Domestic and International airports always update their social media.

  • Follow Airlines

Example: Jetblue and Southwest post frequently on social media. You can find last minute deals with these airlines.

Coupons Through Email

Your inbox is a great place to find cheap last minute flights. Many companies who have those deals blast emails and they are not expecting you to use them!

Talk to Your Bank

Many banks, airlines, and credit card companies will make deals specifically for travelers.

Be Careful

If the travel deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Take your time to read the fine print!

Google Flights

The Google flights website is great if you are looking for a spontaneous trip. They have an explore option where you can see a map of flights. You just specify the date and price you are willing to pay.

Sites like Orbitz and Expedia are great for finding a last minute get a way.


Wanderlust Checklist

-Be flexible about the dates

-Follow the airlines on social media

-Use travel rewards programs

-Read the fine print to avoid extra fees

Instant Vacation

There are so many ways you can find last minute deals on Expedia. Here you can see last minute package deals for less than $300 round trip and two nights!

Packages

Travel Inspiration

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” -Gustav Flaubert

Whatever you are passionate about, pursue it relentlessly.

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

”Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.”

“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times”

“To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen

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