When a case of the travel bug strikes, it can be tempting to jump at the first great-sounding last minute vacation deals you see. But with airfare and hotels constantly fluctuating, it’s often not worth it to book a trip on the spot.
If you’re willing to be flexible and snag a bargain, however, there are plenty of ways to save money on a spontaneous getaway this fall. These websites and apps specialize in finding the cheapest flights, hotels, experiences, or travel packages around.
Last-Minute Vacation Deals: Your Ticket to Spontaneous Adventure
HotelTonight has been a SmarterTravel editor favorite for its clever recommendations and insider info (plus those remarkable markdowns). It lets you search same-day hotels on the go, or find a deal a little further out by filtering by price, hotel stars, amenities and more. The app also sends deals to your phone via your messaging app of choice — including WhatsApp, Messenger, and iMessage.
This site is dedicated to snagging last-minute deals on hotels, airfare, car rentals, cruises, and more. The real magic, though, is in its Undercover Hotels feature, where Super Low offers keep the hotel’s identity secret until you book. You can even sign up for a membership for exclusive member-only deals and to earn points toward free stays.