You’ve had a long winter, and now need a holiday to recharge and get ready for a busy summer. You are ready to pack and go. The first place you should check out is online discount travel sites, for the lowest fares on last minute flights. If you are flexible about where to unwind, you will find the best deals if you travel last minute. Most airlines would rather fill seats than fly half-empty, and as take-off times approach, they will reduce the price of a seat to get whatever dollars they can and make the flight more cost-efficient. On-line travel discount sites will search all airlines for you, and return results from many sites, often combining airlines to deliver the lowest fare to you.
You will find that last minute flights will usually be within two weeks of travel dates. When you have booked a flight, you will want to reserve a hotel room so that you know where to stay when you get there. Often, if you book last minute flights and hotel together the combined cost will be much less than booking separately. Hotel operators will make a certain number of rooms available to online discount travel sites, knowing that as people book their flights, they will be looking for hotels. By offering rooms at a discount through these sites, they are ensured a certain number of firm bookings, and know that the rooms will not sit empty. It also saves them a great deal of promotion on their own; by combining with flights, another site has made the sale for them.
There are many travel sites where previous guests have posted reviews of hotels. These are a good source of real information about a hotel you are considering. Reviews by people who have actually stayed there will let you know whether the management is friendly, rooms are clean or noisy, whether the breakfast has variety. You will also read whether the facility is family friendly or pet friendly.
Consider what you want in a hotel for your last minute holiday. If you don’t need a pool or exercise room, look for a hotel that may be less expensive because they don’t have those amenities. If you need wi-fi, check whether it is included in the room, or whether it is available for an additional charge. Complimentary breakfast may sound like a good idea, but you may find that you really want a cooked breakfast while you are away.
When booking hotels, consider all the possibilities; some online discount travel sites offer bed and breakfasts and guest houses as well as standard hotels and motels. Another alternative is to check hostel sites. If you will be out most of the day exploring and sight-seeing, you may be just as happy with a clean bed and shower and no frills. Hostels are also a place to meet other travelers, from around the world. They are often located in city centres, so they offer convenience if you are looking for an urban break.