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Last Minute Airline Travel

Frequent travelers and businessmen are privileged, as they are offered heavy discounts while traveling. The companies that function globally, are also those many who have tie ups with airlines and avail of heavy discounts, which enables them to cut short on the expenses.

Most last minute airfare deals can be confirmed three to fourteen days before the flight. The reason that the airlines offer last minute deals is that, usually a couple of seats on most flights remain vacant and filing these empty seats is a great way to get them reserved immediately. Another reason why such offers are short lived is that once a person purchases the flight ticket at that rate, there are no more vacant seats.

These types of last minute airfare offers are found in abundance. The search for one that caters to specific requirements is difficult, as it depends on the destination and budget flexibility. However, if a person enjoys traveling alone or is fond of adventure, he can be bowled over by the down to earth rates.

Along with the hotel accommodations, a person can also make sure that the flight tickets have been reserved, as it is comparatively cheaper being clubbed together. Frequent travelers can also apply for memberships, which offer them the benefit of traveling at a discounted rate.

Enthusiastic travelers find it more convenient to go online and bid for tickets. It has to be kept in mind that the destination should match with convenience. This is however a gamble. If at the last minute, due to an emergency, the plan needs to be re-scheduled, the fee will have to be paid. There are other airlines that offer discounted rates for last minute reservations. They have to meet the expectations of customers and keep up their reputation in the competitive market.

A Travel Deal You Should Not Pass On

Everybody likes to travel and explore faraway destinations and enjoy a vacation to unwind after a hectic schedule. However, expensive travel deals can put travel beyond the financial means of an average person.

As the travel and tourism industry continues to grow, it faces the challenge of providing travel opportunities to middle and low-income groups to enable them to be a part of the touring population.

For a common man, a great travel deal is the one that’s easy on the pocket, offers the lowest airfares, and provides discounted rates for hotel stay.

The Internet has made it possible for many aspiring middle-income group travelers to enjoy their dream vacation at unbelievably low prices. Finding the best travel deals requires good research and adequate planning.

Off-season travel deals- When you plan ahead, you can benefit from the countless off-season discounts offered by hotels and airlines. Cheap off-season deals not only save your money, but also allows you to enjoy a peaceful vacation due to a smaller number of tourists.

Last minute travel bargains – Last minute discounts are generally offered by airlines and hotels to ensure steady business in spite of cancellations. However to avail of such deals, you need to have a flexible travel plan.

People who have limited holidays or families who wish to travel when the children have their school vacation cannot take advantage of such deals.

Flexibility is required in terms of the date of travel and the duration of stay to enjoy a great vacation at reduced prices. Most senior citizens and baby boomers are constantly on the look out for cruising opportunities at low prices.

Cruise lines usually come up with great offers and discounts at the last minute if they want to fill up empty cabins before departure.
Cruise lines would prefer to offer their cabins at half the costs rather than losing the revenue on those cabins entirely. However, you may get very little time to prepare yourself for such trips.

Hot deals from airlines and hotels – Just like cruises, even hotels and airlines are compelled to offer great discounts to ensure business and earn additional revenue in off-season.

You will come across several websites on the Internet that can alert you about last minute deals being offered in the travel industry.

You need to subscribe for getting these travel alerts via emails. However, you cannot solely rely on such website for great travel deals. Airlines may not necessarily offer discounted fares through such websites.

You could visit the official website of various airlines to find out about their discounted fares.

Travel deal websites like Kayak.com and others allow you to enter your flight information and the website will search multiple online airlines for the best deal. Kayak.com saves you the time it would take to search multiple websites one at a time.

6 Insider Tips for Travelers to Save Money at Hotels

As a frequent traveler I have amassed a small collection of important tips and strategies for making the most of my hotel stays and for saving money.

Avoiding The Queues When Checking-In Or Out

If you are arriving at a peak time, perhaps during a conference and the check-in line is going to take you some time, you can check your bags in with the bellboy immediately and then telephone reception to check-in by phone. State that you want to confirm your reservation. Usually you will need to provide you booking reference and your credit card details and you can then walk immediately over to reception to collect your key without any hassle.

When checking out of a hotel it is often possible to check out early but still have the use of your room until the official checkout time. Hotels will usually allow you to leave your baggage with the bellboy and use your room for relaxing and showering before the official checkout time. This is a great strategy if you expect that a large group of people will want to check-out at the same time as you.

Free Hi-Speed Internet

Take your own RJ-11 ADSL cable with you to your hotel. This is a standard cable that connects your computer to an Internet socket. You will be surprised to learn that many hotels do not have effective controls of their Internet service. Often a hotel only monitors your Internet use by letting your rent the ADSL cable for a period of time. Hotels might tell you that you need to purchase a password and enter it into a webpage but you may find that you can access the Internet without it or that any password is accepted. You may find that there are restrictions on web browsing but none for checking and sending emails through a POP3 account. For the small effort of bringing your own cable you may save a lot of money.

Discounted Business Services

Rather than put up with the high price of a hotel’s business services locate a ‘convention bureau’ near to where you are staying. There are convention bureaus in almost every town and they are designed especially for business travelers who require services such as; photocopying, faxing, photo developing and typing. They will be a lot cheaper and more efficient than in the hotel.

Bluff You Way To A Hotel Discount

Nearly all hotels, which host wedding parties, will have a discounted rate for friends and family. Look for welcome signs at the hotel to see if they are currently hosting a wedding and enquire if friends of the wedding couple receive discounted rates.

This might also work for business conventions but try your best to look like a businessperson if you are going to bluff you way for this.

Before booking your hotel room, check on the Internet for discount rates. Recently I arrived at a hotel in Asia, asked at reception for the walk-in rates, went immediately to the lobby’s Internet cafĂ© and booked my room online for less than half the cost.

Get A Replacement Cellphone Charger

Cellphone chargers are commonly left in hotel rooms and reception should be able to lend you a replacement if you have forgotten yours. The chargers are usually lost property and you may be able to keep it after use.

Make Discounted International Phone Calls From Your Hotel Room

Hotels are notorious for their expensive phone charges. They often bill for toll-free calls that prevents people using traditional calling cards. International calls are often only available via an operator.

Before you travel, register for a free account with a callback provider such as United World Telecom (see the link below). United World Telecom’s International Callback service is designed especially to work around hotel restrictions. Their international callback service requires you to set up the hotel room you wish to call from in advance which can be done in just a few seconds online or by telephone. Once set up, you inform United World Telecom’s computer that you wish to make your phone call and they will telephone to you. Their service is especially well designed for hotels as you can set the service to work with both automated switchboards and with live telephone operators.

It is completely free to register with United World Telecom’s Callback Service without obligations. Whilst international callback is a great way to beat the hotel’s high charges it is completely legal and will never present you with a problem using it. You will also save as much as 80% on your telephone costs with this service.

Copyright 2006 Martin Pavion