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.
5. Last-minute travel means serendipity
If you know exactly what you want—and will be bummed if you don’t get it—last-minute may not be right for you. “Last-minute travel is best suited to those who aren’t set on a particular destination, particular hotel, or even a particular room type. If you must have any one of those things on your trip, then you could be disappointed. For example, if you regularly travel to Cancun and stay at a 4-star resort in a superior ocean view room, you could be forced to downgrade your room, the property, or even the destination if you wait until last minute to book, as there’s no guarantee those things will be available at the last minute, especially for popular resorts or destinations,” says Simpson. On the other hand, if you’re thinking “I just need a getaway someplace sunny and hot,” you’ll be fine!