Fit a vacation in your wallet
The urban Indian traveler prefers to take frequent but shorter trips, and often ends up making last minute travel plans with their friends or family. While such last-minute bookings offer great bargains and prove to be a seamless process at times, there are occasions when it can cost more than one had expected. However, with some smart planning, customers can make the most of their last minute holiday deals.
The Last Minute Deals
Be flexible: Refrain from having a fixed departure date, time, and destination. Booking flights at the last minute can be a rather expensive affair, especially on a long weekend or the holiday season.
The 14-days window: Try looking for the 14-day window – flights and hotels generally offer good discounts two weeks prior to departure, if they aren’t fully booked. Therefore, it is wise to seize the opportunity and opt for the best offers at the best price.
Last minute deals: There are a number of last minute deals that are offered around special occasions and festivals, especially for popular destinations, so are on the lookout for the same. It may be worth booking flights and accommodation separately for a cheaper last-minute deal.
Look for combo deals: If more than one person is travelling, it is advisable to look for ‘combo’ deals that offer enticing packages for airline tickets as well as hotel bookings. When flights and hotels are booked together, travelers can achieve better prices. “From purely a financial perspective, a bundled vacation package can help you to secure the best prices and keep costs down
No-frill airlines: For those who are habitual last minute planners, especially for short-haul travel, budgeted airlines, popularly known as ‘no-frill’ airlines are a highly viable option. They do not provide food or drinks free-of-charge, but offer the best prices. Since no-frills airlines provide no check-in luggage or on board services within the ticket cost, they are cheaper as compared to regular airlines. Hence, it is ideal for those travelling internationally on a small budget
Well-planned budget: A key recommendation is to have a well-thought budget in mind, and to comply with the same. However, it is natural to have last-minute expenses that are unplanned, and these travelers should ideally keep the budget flexible. You can estimate the cost of your travel beforehand. Knowing how much you are going to spend makes it easier to plan your budget. Easier and faster travel from one point to another
With planning and smart execution, even last-minute planned trips can be value for money for those who prefer making immediate travel plans.