Sometimes it’s nice to just be spontaneous with your travel. If you’re looking for a last minute deal on a little getaway, there are a dizzying array of sites and services out there looking for help you out with that. The thing is, many different travel-related companies such as airlines and hotels are looking to fill their open spots at the last minute and they are usually willing to give you a deal in order to fill up those spots. From their perspective, giving you a discount will still make them more of a profit then leaving those seats or rooms empty, so it’s a win-win scenario.
Anyway, if you’re interested in a last minute, spontaneous trip, here are some resources for you to find a deal:
There is an app called Hotel Tonight that, in certain areas, will help you to find a last minute deal on a hotel room, and there are some great deals to be found. The app runs searches for hotels that you can book on the same day or for very near in the future, and offers some pretty good discounts. The way it works is that Hotel Tonight has hotels around the world with a lot of different hotels (and they are forming new relationships all the time). Hotels that need to fill up their open rooms for the night offer them up to Hotel Tonight at a deep discount, because it’s better for them to fill the rooms and make SOME money than to have them empty. What this means for you is deeply discounted prices on hotels…and some of them are pretty swanky!
If you don’t find what you’re looking for on Hotel Tonight, you can also try searching on LastMinute.com for a hotel. (take note, Americans: prices are listed in £GBP.)
Another great resource for you is LastMinuteTravel.com, which lists last minute deals on hotels, cruises, flights, rental cars, vacation packages, and more. There are some really great deals to be found in there.
Honestly though, one of my favorite last minute travel tools is Google flights. There are so many different ways to search and filter Google flights that you’re sure to find the best deal on your flights with them. If you have a particular destination in mind but your dates are flexible, Google flights allows you to search departures and arrivals at multiple airports (so for instance, I could leave from any of the 7 Southern California airports I can drive to). It searches across multiple airlines as well, so you can find out how to save the most money getting to and from your destination. Another way I like using Google flights is if I have a certain budget and block of time open but I’m flexible on my destination, you can search flights to “anywhere” within a certain budget and it will show you all the places you can go for that much money. Pretty cool!
Of course, I’m a big fan of Airbnb. Sometimes people think it’s hard to find last minute Airbnb properties because it involves coordinating with the host, but it can definitely be done and there are fabulous deals to be found out there. (If you’ve never used Airbnb, click here to get a discount on your first stay.)
Another cool site to check out is Overnight, which is sort of like Airbnb but more dedicated to last minute stays, so you’ll get the deals of an Airbnb at short notice.
On more thing I can advise you to do if you’re into finding deals is to follow all your favorite airlines and travel companies on social media. They often post about their sales and deals, so you’ll be the first to know when a sale is on!
I’m always out there on the internet searching for the latest travel deals, and it has definitely paid off! What are your favorite sites or strategies for finding last minute travel deals?