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The Art of Last Minute Traveling
Travel later, pay less is the idea, but grabbing the best prices requires skills: researching and the timing of your trip are both essential - and it'll be a bit more complicated then just the ususal search for cheap prices...
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Last minute traveling can be very cheap, sparing you even more than 75 %, but it sure implicates risks.
If you grab a cheap deal, go for it! But you shouldn't count on last minute bookings when you have an upcoming important trip. You could end up waiting and prices just go up... until it's too late to book!
There are some twists and turns, some advice and also some very easy techniques, when it comes to this way of traveling. There are some twists and turns, some advice and also some very easy techniques, when it comes to this way of traveling. There are some twists and turns, some advice and also some very easy techniques, when it comes to this way of traveling.
#1 Book late enough, but early enough
You don't want to book early, but being too late can leave you empty-handed.
You will have to stay alert and grab the offers as soon as they pop up. .
Generally, the offers appear 30-14 days prior to the respective date. The companies will try to get rid of as many unsold services as possible.
#2 All services behave differently
Last minute price-cuts are more frequent with flights and hotels, then come the cruises and tours, but car rentals deals are rarer.
Hotel rooms and cruises get more often discounted, while flight prices get trimmed the least.
You may or may not be able to grab all your services at last minute.
The right way would be to grab the transportation service first (like the airfare) and seek out the accommodation. It's natural: there will be plenty of hotels, but only a few flights.
#3 You can save even more than 75 %
This applies mostly to hotels. With flights, even a 25-50 % price cut will be tremendous.
In general, even 20-25 % price cut on any service will be a major achievement, if you find.
But, don't fool yourself believing the discounts published - research the prices and compare before you pay for anything.
#4 Last minute deals tend to be very limited
Don't expect mass discounts. And entire plane or cruise ship wasn't meant to serve bargain hunters.
If the opportunity arises, it will be strictly limited for a few number of buyers and a short period of time.
There will be few places available and there will be many hunting for the opportunities, just like you!
#5 Get ready to travel as soon as tomorrow!
These deals work like this you bump into them and you either grab them or you lose them.
You have to act fast and be flexible regarding schedule.
It can be a matter of days, even hours until the deals get sold out.
#6 Don't take it literally: "book late, pay less"
The discount offers appear rather rarely, on certain services and for some destinations only.
They will be advertised accordingly, normally a simple booking form search won't reveal any deals. You will have to turn to the agents directly.
Some companies employ deceptive marketing and label their services "last minute discounts", but they're not at all.
#7 Don't be surprised if you get poorer services
You may get a small hotel room with interior window, a cruise cabin with no window or the poorest seat on the jetplane and no meal on board.
Keep in mind: the companies are trying to minimize their losses, not please you. Be grateful if you grab a "normal service" - which indeed is the case quite often.
One thing you must always do is to carefully read the "fine prints", terms and conditions.
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