Have you decided to take a last-minute holiday? If so, finding a good bargain won’t be as easy as if you started planning your holiday six months ago. Hotels, airlines and other travel services try to plan for a certain number of cancellations for any given trip but, sometimes, they still have difficulty filling those empty slots. That means you can find bargains on those cancellation holidays if you know where to look. It won’t be easy, but you can still find relatively inexpensive holidays if you follow some basic tips.
Ask at the front desk. You might think that you’ll have trouble finding a room if you just show up and you might have to try two or three places, but I’ve actually gotten a decent deal on a hotel room because somebody called to cancel about five minutes before I walked in. You can be sure that the hotel would rather fill that room.
Do some research. If possible, shop around at several sites that offer package deals that can save you some money and visit the websites of the airlines and/or hotels you are considering. If you can get in touch with a live person and have some skill at negotiation, so much the better, because sometimes travel venues have “specials” that aren’t advertised to the public.
Be aware of when prices are especially good. Prices for flights can be pretty steep on weekends and the day or two before and after a holiday. Taking your holiday during the tourist off-season can help bring down the price, too. If you don’t mind traveling on a weekday, taking the “redeye” flight, or flying on the actual holiday, you might be able to find a better price.
Be aware of extra fees. Checking your baggage can get pretty steep if you absolutely cannot travel without your wardrobe. The airplane has to be very carefully balanced for weight and you might end up paying more than the original ticket if you are not an efficient packer. So it helps to pay attention to the fees for bringing an “extra” suitcase.
Taking a cancellation holiday is an excellent way to get away from the pressures of everyday life for a little while if you use the same consumer sense as you would when making any other high-end purchase. You can take the pressure out of booking that last-minute holiday and simply enjoy your time away from home without worrying about whether you overpaid for your trip.
We hope you find our website helpful with booking your cancellation holiday and enjoy it!