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It’s a wonderful feeling to nab an incredible last-minute holiday at a rock bottom price – especially when the person in the seat next to you on the plane paid double what you did. Whether you’re after a short city break, a two-week escape or even something longer, there’s a great deal out there waiting to be booked. Here are our top tips to make sure you snap up a getaway for less.
Finding the perfect last-minute deal for you can be tricky – but it’s possible. You just need to know where and how to look.
Being flexible is key to landing a seriously cheap last-minute holiday. The more flexible you can be on the day, time and date of your departure, the more likely you are to snap up a bargain. The same goes for destination, too.
Consider flying at anti-social hours, mid-week when demand is lower, or outside of peak holiday periods - such as the summer school holidays – if you can. Look at holidays of different durations too, as sometimes two-week breaks offer excellent value for money compared to seven-night trips, for example.
Consider all of the options
Make sure the great deal you've found is the most competitive offer out there by comparing the price of a last-minute package holiday with how much it would cost to book accommodation and last-minute flights separately. And take a look at a few types of places to stay – from apartments and villas to hotels – to stand the best chance of finding a bargain.
An easy way to see all of the options in one place is to use a price-comparison site such as TravelSupermarket – just use our search tool and the filters on the left-hand side.
Think outside of the box
Fancy a city break combined with a beach holiday? You could head to the Costa del Sol for a cheap holiday by the beach, and then use it as a base for exploring places such as Granada, Seville, Malaga and Cordoba.
Or why not consider a package holiday to Orlando and get a few days on the beach in Miami thrown in, giving you theme parks, beaches and a city all in one trip?
Time it just right and you could bag yourself a great deal on a last-minute holiday, whether you're looking to book a family-friendly break or a romantic getaway. Here's how to do it.Read moreabout When is the best time to book a cheap last-minute holiday?
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*ATOL (Air Travel Organiser's Licence) is a financial protection scheme for package holidays: It provides support to consumers in the event their holiday provider collapses. Booking with an ATOL holder ensures that you won't be left out of pocket and you won't be left stranded abroad. All package holidays compared using TravelSupermarket are protected by ATOL.
ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) offers similar cover for packages booked with its members. However, while ATOL predominantly covers flight-based packages, ABTA covers non-flight based holidays (such as rail and cruise) and linked travel arrangements. If you are unsure whether or not your trip is covered by ABTA, check with your provider.
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