Now this isn’t really a bad thing, but it is now very easy to change travel plans, especially when you have an Internet connection at home and a credit card account.
This works well in your favor. You will never know when urgent family and business matters will come up at such short notice. You will never know too when your spouse would furtively suggest a weekend getaway after such a short notice.
Out on the Internet, you can find many websites offering the best last minute fares deals (they never say it’s a bad deal). So how do you know which one to choose?
What You Should Know About Air Fares
It is not always easy to find the lowest-priced last minute fares. Sometimes the prices of last minute fares actually multiply to equal the cost of a chartered flight. However, you can greatly improve your chances of finding the best deals in last minute fares.
It really doesn’t matter if your destination is a popular or a relatively unknown location. If your route is serviced by many airlines several times in a day, you can make the competition among airlines work for you. Airlines will always work at gaining new customers or retaining old ones. And they can do this by offering the best last minute air fares just as the number of available seats are dwindling. With a less popular destination, an airline would rather get some money even at a deep discount rather than fly with money-less empty seats.
At first blush, you may have the instinct to book a flight with the first last minute fares website that you can find. However, it may not be the cheapest option. Choose a website that buys airlines seat in bulk – they will re-sell the tickets to you at a steady price even when it is close to departure time. Apart from last minute fares websites, the airlines themselves sometimes offer discounts and promotions that are not available through discount websites.
Consider Your Other Options
Never buy on impulse where last minute fares are concerned. Always read the terms of your purchase BEFORE you actually buy. Some fares will require you to stay at that certain destination for a certain number of days. If you are interested only in last minute fares, you certainly don’t want to book these types of tickets. Take note that on certain days of the week, the prices of tickets actually become cheaper. Try to avoid booking flights that fly on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Flights that fly mid-week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) tend to have more reasonable prices, so you might want to fly on those days.
You might also want to consider flying through connecting flights rather than fly direct. Direct flights tend to be expensive. So if you can afford some airport stop-overs, by all means fly to destinations on connecting flights.
Always remember that last minute fares tend to be non-rebookable and non-refundable. So always do your research before buying. Read the fine print.