July 27, 2009

Last Minute Travel Deals: Tips for Scoring a Great Deal Online

Last minute travel is normally associated with a hefty expense, but it doesn't have to be. If you know where to look, you can find some great deals online that will put your airplane tickets and hotel rooms well below other rates.

Although it's nice to have time to plan ahead, that's not always possible. Sometimes, you just have to get away from it all and you decide on a spontaneous trip across the state or out of the country. Other times a more serious event, like a death in the family, can take you out of state. No matter what your reasons for last minute travel, you can find great deals online.

There are many travel websites that are good for planning a last minute trip. Before you decide to purchase from any specific one, you should read their terms and conditions very carefully. Be sure to compare rates across many different sites so you can be sure that you are getting the very best deal.

Before you book your out of the country trip, make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months. You don't want to have any trouble trying to get out of the country. You should also check in with these sites daily to see what kind of travel deals pop up. You never know when you'll hit on an amazing opportunity.

Here are a few sites that you should visit in order to find great last minute travel ideas.

1. Expedia Expedia is a very well known travel site that has a special section that caters to last minute travelers. Since Expedia has relationships with most major airlines and hotel chains, you can find exclusive deals through their website. At Expedia, you can even find packages for cruise lines. On the website, click on the tab that says "deals and offers" and then click to the tab that says "last minute deals." Here you'll find a variety of different last minute travel deals.

2. Lastminute This website specializes in last minute deals. Normally the packages and flights that they sell are within the next seven to ten days. Be sure that you are ready to jump on an offer for this weekend (or this afternoon!) if you buy from this website. The site features hotels, flights, cars and complete vacation packages.

3. Lastminutetravel Even though this site and the last one have similar names, they are very different in terms of what they consider to be last minute. On this site, you can book "last minute" deals several months in advance. In addition to airfare, you can find hotels, cruises, cars and packages. The site also has a Twitter feed so you can stay up to date on the latest package deals just in case you are up for going anywhere in the world.

There are many options for last minute travel. As long as you do your homework and stay vigilant, you can find the travel deal that you need online.

Jamie Jefferson writes for Susies-Travel-Coupons.com, where you can find the latest online travel discounts as well as today's last minute travel coupons.

by JAMIE JEFFERSON

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