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!)
4. Be savvy with secret hotel deals
“Secret” hotel deals are even more last-minute-friendly with apps like Priceline Negotiator. Basically, you type in the locale you want, your preferred hotel star rating, and a price. You won’t know what hotel you’ll be staying in until the transaction’s complete. It’s a great way for hotels to quietly move unbooked rooms and for consumers to snag deals if they’re not concerned about hotel brand. On the other hand, be aware that “secret” hotel tools don’t allow you to avoid certain hotels either, i.e. any listed on The Bedbug Registry.