6. Be smart when booking online
Have you ever noticed when checking twice the same website and deal in a short period of time it showed higher prices? Well apparently the more interest shows for a particular flight deal, the more flight websites want to charge for it. Although this is not true for all websites, but some may use this technique to earn more on a flight ticket. Avoid your browsing tracker (Cookies) and internet history costing you serious cash. Delete your browsing history, cache and cookie files to make sure you’ll be able to book the cheapest flights last minute.
7. Use discounts
Keep your eyes open for student discounts for flights at certain travel agents and flight search websites, some may have it hidden in small print but finding it will help you book a real deal, if you have a student ID that is.
Other means of booking a cheap last minute flight is to use your hard earn air miles or check to see if with your credit card you are eligible for any discounts. Don’t forget to sign up to airline email alerts or to our newsletter which could mean the difference between a cheap last minute flight and an expensive one.
8. Become an air courier
It’s a very competitive industry and since 9/11 very few airlines offer this service, but there are a few routes which operate courier tickets. Ten to fifteen years ago, becoming an air courier was a popular option for budget travelers as you were able to book flights with huge discounts and even for free. An air courier is a hired deliveryman/woman whose job is to escort a cargo by plane. It’s a freelance job in the air as your baggage allowance and or excess is used for shipping documents or goods quickly.
9. Stay informed
Being aware where to look for cheap last minute flights can get you ahead of the game. Pay attention to these resources and you’ll surely find some great deals for your next trip:
Make sure you stay tuned to all the channels where you could potentially find a last minute deal. For example if an airline or online travel agency has a newsletter, sign up for it. Consider chartered flights as well, as they often have spare seats to fill, and by signing up to their newsletter, they will keep you informed about last minute flight deals.
- Don’t forget to use websites like Skyscanner to find last minute flights which have specifically designed tools for last minute travel. Holiday Pirates or secretflying.com are a great example for last minute flight deal aggregators, they are a great source for last minute flights and they give an in-depth description of the offer.
- Look for cancellation holidays. Some package holiday companies sell off last minute trips for a huge discount when their customers can no longer travel.
- Several websites have adopted price alert email; by signing up for these you may grab a last minute flight for your selected destination.
- Follow on social media your favorite airlines. Make sure to set to get notifications from the airlines Facebook and Twitter pages so you’ll get the latest deals first handed.
10. Book early! Wait what?
Well we can agree it’s not the most common advice when talking about last minute flights, but booking ahead can save you money too. Some airlines, particularly in the United States, will reward you for doing your homework and will offer you an airline credit making up the difference if you call them. As an alternative, try to buy refundable tickets so in case the rates drop you can cancel your ticket and repurchase it at the cheaper price.
11. Be careful of fees
This is particularly true for budget airlines that will charge a fee for basically anything and any changes. Keep your flight tickets at a low rate with minimizing your luggage and extra services like priority boarding and similar services that only serve for extra confort. Traditional airlines like Lufthansa usually release cheap flights months in advance, with really cheap international flights becoming available five to six months before departure. If you’ve always dreamed of flying to Australia, Bangkok, or Hawaii, then don’t wait until the last minute to book your flights.
12. Research last minute flight deals from airlines.
We’ve covered this partially, but just as a reminder when an airline doesn’t have enough demand for a particular flight, they look to fill up seats as fast as possible to cover costs. This is especially great news for those who wish to book a last minute flight, since these still-empty seats generally are sold at low rates. Visit the airlines official website such as American Airlines to find deals at great discounts on last minute flights.
13. Consider a vacation package as an alternative.
An alternative for finding cheap flights are vacation packages, which often allow travelers to grab up unsold flight and hotel bundles at incredibly low prices. You may even be able to book an entire vacation package for less than the price of a typical last minute flight along the route you’re considering.
14. Check a travel consolidator for last minute flight deals.
Travel consolidators are another alternative for travelers who want to book a cheap flight. Airlines sell large quantities of flight tickets to travel consolidators at volume price in order to make sure enough seats are sold in advance to keep the flights at capacity. When travel consolidators are unable to sell enough flight tickets, they typically look to sell them with a discount to those searching for last minute flight deals.