If you like the thrill of finding a last-minute travel deal, there are some things you can do to make sure you really are paying the lowest possible price. Since you haven’t given yourself much time to compare rates across a few weeks in a given season, or keep tabs on prices with a smartphone app that delivers price alerts, you’ll need to explore other ways to snag a great deal on that weekend getaway or last-minute retreat. Here are some of your best bets for booking last-minute travel on the cheap.
You might be used to making travel plans and reservations on your desktop computer, but doing so means you could be paying more than you need to for those last-minute reservations.
“The best way to secure those last-minute deals is through mobile websites, mobile apps and by calling in,” said Mahesh Chaddah, co-founder of hotel reservations website Reservations.com. He recommended making full use of apps because “many hotels offer limited discount rates to mobile users only.”