Scoring Last Minute Deals This Summer
Traveling can be expensive, but there are some ways to get deals if you decide to head out of town on the spur of the moment. If you will be staying in a hotel, be sure to always inquire if there are any discounts available. It sometimes can be as simple as just asking. You should do some research first on the Internet to see what price range is being offered. Then call the hotel and politely ask if there is a lower rate available for a last minute booking.
If you have some flexibility in your travel dates, you can check to see if changing your arrival or departure dates by even just one day gives you a lower rate on airfare or hotel accommodations. When booking a hotel room, ask if there is a price difference between a room with a king-sized bed and one with two queen-sized or double beds. If you are flexible on this point, you may be able to score a deal.
Finally, be able to act quickly. You can sign up for email updates on deals from airlines and hotel chains. If you see a great deal, be ready to grab it. You should always read the fine print on any deal, but often these offers with short deadlines are the best way to travel on the cheap.