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Finding Last Minute Airfares and Discount Flight Deals

  • Publish Date : 2009/12/22 - (Rev. 2019/04/17)
  • Author : Disabled World
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Cheap airline tickets with discount airfare deals and current flight prices to destinations worldwide from multiple travel websites.

iSTravel.com and Travel Cuts offer a great variety of student discount airfare deals

Cheap last minute airfares can often be easily found online at great prices.

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A search on the Internet for last minute airfares and deals can often show the enthusiastic traveler some impressive offers. No matter why you need last minute airfare, perhaps it's because someone is ill, or you want to visit a celebration you forgot about, or just for the thrill of it all, cheap last minute airfares can be found online at great prices.

Most last minute airfare economy deals are posted between three and fourteen days before takeoff. Most just disappear with no notice, so it can really pay to keep on top of these types of deals!

Why do Airlines Offer Cheaper Flights and Last Minute Deals?

Usually, it's because they have a couple of seats to fill still on a flight, and this is a great way to get them booked immediately.

That's also why these types of last minute airfare deals disappear quickly, too.

Once someone has purchased the fare, there just isn't any more room left on the flight.

Finding Last Minute Airfare Deals

Finding ones that cater to where you want to go, or where you are traveling from, can be a bit more difficult. However, if you are a flexible traveler, who really enjoys the adventure of not knowing where you are jettisoning off to, then these types of last minute airfares are probably a perfect match!

Web sites like long running Internet travel site Travelocity.com are wildly popular these days with both airlines and travelers. And really, it makes perfect sense. Airlines can get rid of seats that are empty, and travelers can buy cheap last minute airfares for a steal.

Boeing 747 airplane coming in to land with undercarriage and flaps in landing configuration.
Boeing 747 airplane coming in to land with undercarriage and flaps in landing configuration.

Expedia Offers Great Deals All Year Round

United Airlines E-Fares:

Special discounted air fares priced to go. E-Fares are special United Airlines fares that are priced to go, so you can go.

Visit friends or family, explore a new city or just enjoy a quick escape. These fares are published at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday to offer last-minute getaways in select markets for the upcoming weekend. Purchase Tuesday through Friday for travel departing after 7 p.m. on Friday or anytime on Saturday, and returning the following Monday or Tuesday - www.united.com

Flights Direct (flightsdirect.com):

Offers you cheap flights, last minute flights, charter flights and scheduled flights to any destination in the world by searching through hundreds of low cost, scheduled and charter airlines. You can book airline tickets online by using their secure reservation system. Be sure to look out for their cheap flights special offers and discount flights. Scheduled, charter and low cost flights are all bookable on the site.


Another option for a last minute airfare steal is to bid for it, at web sites like priceline.com, Sites like this one will take your offer for a cheap flight, and try and match it with offers from airlines trying to unload their unused seats. You may or may not get a flight that suits your requirements, and if you bid and an airline accepts, you are bound to pay the fee, even if you've changed or mind or found a better last minute airfare somewhere else. It is, however, another option in the last minute airfare game - one that could prove to be lucrative!

No Discount Flights from Your Local Airport?

But what if you find no last minute airfares that suit your needs, or geographical area?

Then perhaps you should think about changing airports, instead of changing your method.

How? Maybe there is another airport within a couple of hours driving distance of your home. If so, then search for last minute airfares leaving that city, instead.

You may save hundreds of dollars, and even get to your destination faster if you take the time to really, really look around. Get creative!


  • Increase your chances of landing a good last-minute deal by being flexible about flight times, the airline and the airport from which you'll fly as well as the number of flights you'll take to reach your final destination.
  • If you really want to save, prepare to be inconvenienced whether it means taking early morning flights, or having to change planes.
  • There are plenty of organizations that cater to student travelers, iSTravel.com or Travel Cuts offer a great variety of student discount airfare deals.
  • The last option for last minute fares is the discount airlines, mostly because these airlines are more lenient when it comes to last minute airfare than their larger competitors.
  • Shopping around helps tremendously when reviewing these carriers, and don't forget to review the terms and conditions of the cheaper flights (some may have a no refund policy, for instance).

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