Airfares shrink more than you think! At last minute, that is...
Airlines and travel agencies are desperate to fill the seats of their flights if they couldn't sell the tickets in time. If you're lucky, you can spend a hack-of-a lot less than the other passengers flying on the same jet!
The Art of Finding Airfare Bargains...
A profusion of us will make an advance booking. But, it's late booking that will bring you the cheapest airfares!
If you have the characteristics of a savvy late trip junkie, then you're a step closer to afforable flying.
We'll give you a checklist, we'll even tell you about some risks and how not to do it. The trick is rather "how", not "when". Simply being a bit late won't help you. If you're new to the issue of booking late, then you have to check this page!
Let's see the steps and the basics of how to purchase last minute flight tickets...
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It's an unpleasant fact, but the airlines that sell the lowest fares are actually the least likely to give last minute discounts.
Budget flyers can rejoice if they can grab a ticket well in advance, but price grow like wild weed as days, weeks and month pass...
Is it luck, experience, special skills that can help you obtain the most afforable fares?
Join us, we've investigated and have come up with a few useful tips.
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What to Do...
Check the airline sites first:
It's the airlines that get most desperate when many unsold seats remain on their planes (agents are more likely to be able to sell tickets and they're not so dependent upon tickets for a certain route). The airlines will do whatever they can to minimize losses, so they trim the fares - thus, the airlines are one of the best place to find last minute flights at a discounted price!
Sometimes flights are easier booked directly from the carriers. Also because overbooking is easier eliminated and they tend to have more late cuts on fares.
Try the fare aggregators (airfare comparison sites), then get to the airline:
Some of the best tools out there are the fare comparison sites. Use them to find the best prices and most convenient routes.
But be advised that these companies don't always sell the cheapest fares and many of them are mere marketing platforms or search engines: they search on various sites, but they don't allow direct booking. It's effectuated in a rather indirect way...
Basically what you should do it to detect the best flights using the comparison engines and then go to the airlines or travel agents whom you found featured in the lists - it's a possibility that they actually have lower prices than the aggregators (which charge commissions per sale).
Major events attract large numbers of clients, but seats often remain unsold:
Various events around the World attract millions of visitors, but it does occur that the demand is narrower than the offer.
So: unsold seats remain and are usually discounted and offered for sale under last minute airfares-sections of the airline sites and travel agents' sites...
Weeks before the major events one can already come across such offers. But, be prepared to accept flights with 2-3 intermediate stops (or more), uncomfortable departure and arrival times, long waiting hours between connecting flights. But hey, we need to be flexible in order to pay low, right?
Focus on the end season period, the period before the season and late summer:
Of course, it also depends on your trip's scope: leisure, family reunion, business? Other kind of trip?
What Not to Do...
Search for last minute price cuts at the low cost airlines:
Never risk! Low cost airlines usually don't have last minute deals. In fact, it's the other way around: they sell cheap airfares at the beginning, then the prices skyrocket to very high, often even higher than in the case of the conventional carriers. In the case of low cost airlines, the longer you wait, the more you will have to pay.
Where to Buy Tickets
Of course, you might want to use the embedded searcher and fare comparison engine - but we also list a number of selected (and reliable) merchants.
The listings bear country labels, so that you can easier pick the company that sells to clients in your own own country.
We encourage you to save more. Check our travel coupons page and look up the best flight coupon codes!
In some cases the booking engines will allow you to type in alphanumerical codes thet will further shrink your air trip's final cost.
Important notice: LastMinuteSpider.com is a travel portal, not a travel agency, therefore it is not responsible, nor does it offer any type of guarantee/warranty regarding the services of featured merchants.