What do the holidays mean to you? For me, the holidays are about spending time with my family and friends. It’s about laughing and making new memories while reliving the old memories. But, sometimes this means last- minute travel.
We all try and plan ahead when it comes to travel, but there are so many factors that could result in last- minute travel, like your work schedule, your child’s school schedule and even just living a busy life and forgetting to make plans.
Making last-minute travel plans can be very stressful not to mention sometimes very expensive! But don’t worry, I’m all about finding the best deals so I’ve found some great tricks to use this holiday season should you find yourself booking last-minute travel.
*Be Flexible: I know that everyone ones to pick out the perfect travel plan for themselves and their families. Maybe it’s a mid-morning flight. But, if you click the flexible date option when searching for airfare you are more likely to find a cheaper flight.
*Rewards… Use them! If you are lucky enough to have rewards points, USE THEM! The holidays are the best time to use rewards points when flying because they can really cut down on the cost of a ticket.
*Nonstop! I know I know, everyone hates layovers. You never know if your connecting flight will be on time. But, when it comes to last minute travel, adding stops to your flight is really going to cut down the cost.
*Airports: Be sure to compare the various airports around the area that you are flying in to. We are lucky in South Florida to have several airports that are not too far. If you have a family member doing some last minute travel, it might be cheaper for them to fly into Palm Beach International airport. Always check the surrounding airports.
*One way? Believe it or not, sometimes buying two (2) one way tickets is the best way to go. Instead of limiting yourself to one carrier you are opening the doors to better deals for one-way flights.
There you have it, if you’re traveling last-minute there are still ways to get some great deals on airfare! Whatever it is you’re doing this holiday season, be sure to enjoy spending time with friends and family and be sure to make new memories while laughing at the old ones.