A sudden urge to go somewhere can turn into a travel dilemma if you realize that airfare, hotels, and rental cars are more expensive last minute deals. But if you’re flexible enough and willing to search a little more broadly, there are bargains to be found.
Online travel agencies often bundle flights, hotel accommodations and a rental car or transfer into a package deal that’s cheaper than booking the components separately. Expedia, for example, has a dedicated last-minute deals page, where it features a variety of curated packages (e.g., 4-night Vegas vacation including airfare from $605 per person).
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Using an app that allows you to search for rooms, apartments or houses available for rent in your destination is a good way to find last-minute accommodation deals, too. Many owners discount their rental rates at the last minute, particularly if they are facing an empty house or late cancellations. VRBO and HomeAway are two examples of apps that can help you locate such deals.
Travelers also can save by joining the loyalty program of a hotel or airline, which will often release unsold flight seats as member-only deals. Credit cards that earn airline miles or hotel points can offer perks for booking travel at the last minute, as well; some, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Platinum Card from American Express, provide 24-hour concierge service. You can tap this resource for help finding Broadway tickets, reserving car rentals, or locating last-minute cruise and tour deals.