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4 Tips for Scoring Last-Minute Labor Day Travel Deals

Aug. 23, 2018
Travel, Vacations & Trip Planning
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Booking last-minute trips for the Labor Day weekend forces you to be more creative with your travel plans. Try these tips to land some last-minute deals.

  1. Use alternate forms of transportation. Eliminating options based on what’s typically the most expensive may cost you a great trip. Sometimes, airfares can be cheaper than train tickets in the Northeast. And a bus ride from New York to Washington, D.C., or to Boston can be as short as a train journey and be found at a much lower price.
  2. Look at sites that focus on last-minute deals. Check out last-minute deals at travel sites such as Hotwire and Priceline. Plus it’s easy to find promotion codes for 5% to 10% off hotel deals on Priceline. Before booking a hotel, however, search online for reviews and avoid picking one where a majority of reviewers recommend against staying even if it’s cheap.
  3. Review the details. Check airline websites as well as travel deal aggregator sites such as Priceline, Hotwire and Kayak. Be wary of a deal that doesn’t disclose the airline or time of travel until after you book it. The low price may be tempting, but for a short trip over the holiday weekend, you don’t want to end up on a 6 a.m. flight that doesn’t get in until 6 p.m.
  4. Consider going international. An overseas airfare might be cheaper than a domestic one during U.S. holiday weekends. It’s not Labor Day elsewhere, so you could find deals to popular destinations such as Paris, London or Amsterdam. Flight map tools offered by sites such as Skyscanner and Google Flights can help you target cities with the cheapest flights.

Check your travel credit card‘s benefits and promotions before booking anything to make sure you are maximizing your points, and don’t let hidden hotel fees spoil your stay.

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