There is a certain kind of thrill that comes with last minute or impulsive travel plans. The kind of feeling you get when you wake up in the morning feeling like spending some of your savings on a Trip to Paris; or surprising your significant other with a trip to Cuba. It’s a unique, unexplainable kind of feeling because really, how to do explain the fast throbbing heart palpitations of impulsive flight booking, looking for last minute rooms for your trip or last minute packing for a one week tour to Bangkok?
Although there are people that will calmly inhale the undeniable sense of adventure in last minute travel, others are intrigued by it and arrangements such as finding a last minute room gives them frustrations and headache. The following are some tips for finding the best cheap hotels for a spontaneous trip.
Check with your member organizations
It’s easy to find hotel deals if you’re a member of social organizations or other such as the military or the automobile club. Most of these groups have arrangements with certain chains of hotels and will give you a discount if you’re a member. Because these offers are mostly not advertised, it’s important that you make inquiries if for instance there are deals for AAA members or AARP members and others.
Flexibility and Open-mindedness is key
You will only be able to find the best last minute deals if you have an open mind and are flexible to last minute changes. Be flexible on the type of room you can use, the type of bed for your preference and even the extra amenities like sauna or swimming pool at the residence. Most hotels will be happy to help get you a reservation if you’re flexible on the type you can accept.
Confirm the room offers available
Although it’s easy finding last minute rooms online, sometimes even the last minute rooms advertised will have already been booked by the time you arrive at your destination. That’s why it’s important that you manually call the hotel to enquire about their last minute deal offers and book a room if there some that are available.
Online room Biding
At priceline.com, hotels.com, hotwire.com or Expedia, you will be able to find blocks of rooms from hotels that can be reserved last minute at discounted prices. It’s important that you compare the deals offered at the different room bidding sites so that you settle for the lowest rates. Generally, a good bid should be 30% less than the offer at sites that don’t bid. Also, check out the details of the hotels and if you’re comfortable with the location and other services before making your bid.
It’s important that you thoroughly scrutinize last minute offers so that you are sure of what is included and what is not included. Is it an all-inclusive deal or are you only paying for bed and breakfast? Are sports and recreational facilities available? It’s important that you read customer reviews on deals that seem too good to be true because most of the time these deals are not what you expect.
Most last minute packages for vacation are searched outside the peak times; outside school holidays, during the week and outside of summer season. Sometimes also last minute rooms for vacation are offered during poor weather. So it’s important that you’re sure about the tourists’ sites you intend to visit and the activities like skiing that you can undertake during your last minute trip. Most importantly, use travel companies you make the best decision on last minute package offers.