1. Last-minute travel means “short notice”
“Last-minute travel” is generally defined as travel taking place within about 14 days from when you booked. Unlike literal last-minute travel—where you show up at the airport and buy your ticket, as in many a rom-com movie (which, by the way, would cost you an arm and a leg)—”savings of 30 to 50 per cent are not unheard of,” says Toronto-based travel expert Brian Simpson.
2. Airfare deals require sleuthing
The biggest savings are in accommodations and package vacations—not airfare. “Flights on regular scheduled airlines tend to increase in price the closer to departure you get, so last minute deals on flights are rare,” says Simpson. But keep your eyes peeled and you may score the odd savings bonanza. “Some tour operators sell last-minute deals on charter flights, mainly to sun destinations. We’ve seen operators offer last-minute charter airfares to Florida for as low as $29 roundtrip, plus taxes and fees, and to Mexico for as low as $55 roundtrip, plus taxes and fees. Of course, taxes can often be in excess of $340, but even so, that’s a significant savings,” says Simpson.
These Mexican destinations offer unforgettable locations and hidden gems that can’t be found anywhere else.
3. Mid-week travel saves you money
Travelling on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday helps you save more since most people tend to book weekend departures. Even if you’re advance booking, flying mid-week can save you hundreds of dollars per ticket. (That’s why my family’s doing a Wednesday to Wednesday Caribbean getaway this summer!)