Last Minute Flights

We can’t always predict what will happen in our lives. Whether it’s a last-minute flight to make a job interview or a much-needed quick vacation to get away from it all, there will come a time when you need to book flights at the last minute. This article contains all the tips on how to snag last-minute flights that are actually affordable.

1. Try to Travel on Less Busy Days

If you have some flexibility in your travel plans, take a look at flights departing on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You may be surprised how easy it is to find good deals on these days of the week.

2. Find Websites That Post Last-Minute Flight Deals

From Momondo to Kayaka, do some research on the web and you may surprised by the deals you find. It’s important to try multiple different times and dates in their browser. Sometimes one round-trip flight to San Diego today will cost significantly less than a flight tomorrow. Also, don’t forget to check back often because random cheap tickets can pop up at any minute. Be hopeful!

3. Be Open to Flying Any Time

Catching a flight at 6 a.m. or midnight may not be ideal, but it could mean $100 knocked off your ticket price. You may be tired, but at least there will be open seats on the plan and coffee to greet you after your sleep.

4. Follow Airlines on Twitter for Updates on Last-Minute Deals

Many airline companies post flight deals on their twitter pages. All you have to do is follow them and change your account settings to alert you when something is posted. Southwest, Delta, Frontier, United, and several other major airlines have copied this model of communication for spreading the word on cheap tickets.

5. Reduced Rates for Passengers Traveling to Funerals

If your last-minute travel plans are due to the death of a loved one, some airlines generously offer discount plane tickets as long as documentation is provided. Delta Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Air Canada all offer reduced rates for round trip tickets to those passengers en route to a funeral.

6. Choose a Less Popular City

An airline that flies to a less populated city will usually offer discount tickets to these destinations. The airline doesn’t make any money with empty seats so these companies are usually happy to negotiate. If your final destination is Chicago, you may want to check out flying into airports a few hours outside of the city for cheaper rates.

7. Roll the Dice and Don’t Commit to a Destination

For the true adventurers who want to travel somewhere cheap and don’t have their heart set on a particular place, it pays to be open to anywhere. Unexpected deals pop up all the time to exotic destinations. Not planning in advance can sometimes mean buying a $450 round trip ticket to Morocco the day before!