Last-minute travel isn’t often known for its affordability. It’s common to hear that booking travel in advance can save money but, sometimes you have no other option. If you are not tied to a certain date, you can first look up the most cheap flights and accommodations and then start planning in detail. Sometimes you can’t and you need to run. Fortunately, there are awesome deals to be had on last-minute and some of these can be well used when traveling. Let’s have a look at a couple of examples you necessarily need to check before going on a business trip.
No summer months, no weekdays
If it’s possible, try to avoid traveling last-minute during the summer months. Why? Airfares tend to be at a higher rate. There’s no doubt that keeping business meetings scheduled during off-season travel months can certainly help manage the bottom line. Remember that many destinations offer lower rates during the week, so it would be better to skip the weekends, that time of the week where everybody seems to fly more. The same happens with early-morning flights: they are usually cheaper than the ones that leave later in the day.
Here’s two major holidays on Google’s flight search with the exact same criteria. One in the summer – July 4th, and one in the winter, New Years. Let’s look at the cost difference.
Flying on July 4th
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Flying on New Years
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As you can see flying in the summer saves $60 compared to the winter.
A room for the night or a booking in advance
Today there are plenty of apps and websites, including Priceline and Hotels.com, that feature last-minute hotel deals and bigger discounts to those who are booking a room for that night. If you find a tempting prize but are not sure about whether that beatiful offer is real, take in consideration that you can call the hotel directly and ask if they still have that room you are willing to pay with a huge smile on your face. Of course some deals are only online but, although you may have little time to organize your business trip, you don’t need to leave this until the last minute. Keep in mind that you can always book a room in advance at a hotel that has a liberal cancellation policy and cancel it if you find a better deal.
Secondary airports and car coupons
Another tip to find ways to travel cheap on last-minute business trips is to choose secondary airports: choosing Baltimore Washington International Airport, MD, when you’re traveling to the capital or Long Island MacArthur Airport, NY, when going to Manhattan. It’s generally cheaper than the major ones, the busiest ones. They are less congested. So, before buying a flight you might want to consider your options, if you have the chance to live in a city with multiple airports. Sometimes, taking a train or bus can be better, depending on the distance of the two cities. Fortunately, airlines aren’t the only travel companies that offer promo codes online so, if you happen to need a car, don’t forget to look up for coupons or promo codes to save you a couple of dollars.
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