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zina's avatar

What are the best ways to search for last-minute flights?

Asked by zina (1650points) February 10th, 2009

I know about kayak.com, and searching southwest separately.
Travelocity
Expedia
Sidestep (seems like the same folks at Kayak?)
Farecast

What am I missing? I’m particularly interested in not just cheap airlines/search engines but LAST-MINUTE deals.

Thanks!

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RandomMrdan's avatar

I normally go to Priceline.com

But I think you’ll see a common theme among all those sites, they’re usually the same prices. I only go to Priceline because Shatner does their commercials and I find him funny, and he was Captain Kirk.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Maybe try cheapoair.com

I’m not sure about the whole last-minute thing, because I don’t know if you’re talking something like today or tomorrow, but it’s worth a shot.

RandomMrdan's avatar

Also, try and book flights mid week instead of the weekends. Traveling during the weekend will increase the price of your trip.

zina's avatar

cheapoair has some good deals! thanks!

(although i will note that the prices didn’t include some hefty ($80) “taxes and fees”)

EmpressPixie's avatar

Sign up with a few frequent flier programs. US Air sends me a weekly “last minute deals” email full of deals leaving my home-airport.

b's avatar

Honestly, I find that you can get direct flights the same price or a few dollars cheaper than any of the sites listed above.
I just bought a ticket from sfo to pdx this morning, and found the only cheaper flights would either send me to Vegas or Seattle first. For such a short flight I would rather pay the extra 50 bucks and go direct.
Your best bet is to check multiple sources, and then choose from there. You never will find a one stop solution for the best price.

Bagardbilla's avatar

Couple of suggestions up above I’ve tried and like such as LastMinuteTravel, also Delta has a last minute get-away program (as Im sure so do other airlines. One of my all time fav is clarkhoward.com ( a consumer advocate) he has a travel section as well as a lot of other good advise.good luck.

b's avatar

Oops, I meant to say that you can get slightly cheaper direct flights from the airline.

Emdean1's avatar

www.travelzoo.com you can get weekly emails on Wednesday of the top 20 last minute deals. I have used it many times

kullervo's avatar

Try Travelocity or use airlines direct websites like BAA

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