Last-minute travel can either be a blessing or a curse. Sometimes you don’t know you’ll be going somewhere and sometimes you can’t afford to go until right before you want to leave (three weeks or less). If you have a specific destination in mind, it might cost you an arm and a leg to travel there with short notice. If you’re free to possibilities, then the last-minute deals can be highly beneficial to you. Not only do you get to go somewhere on the spur-of-the-moment, but oftentimes the rates are super low, just because hotels and airlines want to get someone in that room or seat. Bonus for you! With Labor Day coming up fast, here are four websites that can get you a deal if you really want to get out of town.
Lastminute.com– As it suggests, Lastminute.com specializes in short-notice travel sales. If you can pack your bags quickly, then they have a vacation for you. Of course, just like with everything else, the best deals are available to those that are flexible with travel dates and destinations.
FareCompare.com– This is another fantastic website for last-minute travelers. They have a fare map that shows you the lowest fares to go anywhere around the world, which you can view by date range (they will give you the average price available during that time frame) or by destination. If you just want to go somewhere, look at all the destination deals from your home airport right now.
DoHop.com– DoHop is the low-price airline expert. If a budget airline flies between two cities, they can identify which ones and how inexpensive tickets are for you! If you just want to fly somewhere for cheap, check out DoHop.com/Away and input your departure airport for current travel deals.
BookIt.com– BookIt can get you some fantastic deals all the time, but if you want to go to a beachy destination on short notice (or other major tourist locales), then this is the website to get you a complete package at a phenomenal rate. You can even book activities with them at some of the best discounted prices around.
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