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Everyone loves to take vacations, don’t we? What happens if you want to take a vacation, but you want to take it in the next few weeks? Is it possible? Of course it is, and let me give you some great tips on how you can land the best vacation at the last minute.
Last minute = saves you money
What you’re going to find out with last minute vacations is that you’re going to save a lot of money. When you purchase at the last minute, you will find that you can get great deals from the airlines, as well as the hotel. Since they want to book, and fill their rooms, they are willing to get you in at the half the cost at the last minute.
A lot of people are under the assumption that you’re going to pay an arm, and leg when you purchase at the last minute, because they say it’s going to cost the airlines more to process, and such, but think about it. If you ran a hotel, and you had 500 rooms, and someone tried the book a room for tomorrow, and the day after, and you have 50 rooms just sitting there vacant, you’re probably going to want to book them, because a room with people is a lot better than a room just sitting there.
So, if you were going to charge $125 for a room that night, you’re more than willing to give that person a room for $75 if they really wanted it.
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With services such as Priceline’s name your own price, the Internet has done wonders when it comes down to saving you money. What you’re going to find out is that a service like this helps you save money. For example, I was able to use it a few months back. What I did was I wanted to visit some relatives a few hours away. Since I knew the area was nice, and I didn’t care where I stayed, I said I wanted to pay $75 for a room. The regular price for the rooms up there was around $125. If you’re fair, and you’re not being too cheap, hotels are going to accept your offer. This works great at the last minute, trust me!
When you’re ready to book your vacation, try and get a travel agent, or do a lot of homework online with comparison sites like Kayak, and Priceline. Compare the prices until you find one that’s best for your family. In my opinion, some of the best vacations are the ones that are done at the last minute. Not only are you able to surprise your family, you don’t have to wait for months to take the vacation. Since I’m a very impatient person, I want to do it right now.
Try these strategies and tips when you’re looking to take a vacation now, and you want to save money. You will find that it’s really easy to save money, and you don’t have to worry about getting ripped off!
By: Tom Tessin