A few years ago you could easily buy a cheap seat a couple of days or even a couple of hours before the flight.
But since low-cost airlines appeared, snatching a last minute deal has become virtually impossible. Any frequent flier would tell you that waiting till the last moment to book your flight is not a good idea, as flights cost the least the day they are released, and then the price is gradually crawling up as the day of the flight is approaching.
But let’s imagine you have to fly immediately to get to an unscheduled business meeting, or you feel like running away from the routine and traveling somewhere warm and sunny all of a sudden. Will you have to pay a ridiculously high price for your flight? Yes, normally, you will. However, there are still cases when a ticket purchased last minute may turn out to be cheaper than the one you booked three months ago.
These inexpensive last minute specials are sometimes
offered by charter airlines, as every empty seat is a huge loss of revenue for
1. Look for last minute deals on certain days
Airlines usually offer low last minute airfares for flights which depart on Fridays and Saturdays, and these offers are released on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Subscribe to airlines’ newsletters, if you want to be among the first people to find out about their last minute deals.
2. Be spontaneous
The golden rule of last minute travel is always being spontaneous and highly flexible. And this doesn’t only refer to flight dates. When you research ticket prices online, you will notice that flights which take off from a farther located airport are sometimes a lot cheaper, so be prepared to drive an extra hour or so.
3. Book immediately
While you are still thinking about reserving this amazing last minute deal you found this morning, someone is already paying for it. Cheap last minute tickets sell like hotcakes, so when you find the one that suits you, book it immediately.
4. Fly alone
You may think that this last tip is sad, but the truth is, snatching one inexpensive seat last minute is much more possible than booking two or more. But don’t despair just yet. You don’t necessarily have to be alone once you arrive at your destination. Allow a sizeable window for everyone to arrive and enjoy the trip with your favorite people.
One more good news about last minute travel, apart from it possibly
being less expensive,is that getting a business class seat last minute is no
less realistic than getting one in economy. In this case not only will you be
paying less, you will also be flying in luxury and comfort of business class.
And what else could you possibly want?