When it comes to cheap getaways in gorgeous sun-soaked locations, many people still opt for last minute holidays. But is it a good deal?
Years ago, before the on-set of the recession and even before low-cost flight carriers became a mainstay of holidaying, many sun-seekers and city slickers chose last-minute bookings as a way of enjoying a fabulous break without going overboard on price. Holiday auctions and rock-bottom prices were commonplace. Then the market began to change. The economy ensured that holidays became a luxury rather than a lifestyle staple, and tourists began booking their own DIY flight and hotel deals to save money and enjoy greater flexibility. Today, holidaymakers can still enjoy a good deal on last-minute package getaways but just like those mythical ‘cheap’ flights and penny fares, it’s not as cheap as it used to be.
Still, you’ll be surprised at some of the deals on offer. A quick search for holidays departing within the next few weeks – particularly to local destinations like Spain and to traditionally affordable destinations like Bulgaria and Turkey – can turn up quite a few surprising deals. Much of this is down to popularity and traveller choice. When a destination attracts high numbers of tourists, it becomes competitive and tour operators, airlines and hotels enter into a price war. Given the availability of scheduled flights, tour operators are also in direct competition with scheduled airlines which can help to keep the prices down.
For holidaymakers, late deals are still a good deal. But availability on the cheapest holidays is very tight – so the best way to snap up the best value for money is to keep your options open and be as flexible as possible. If that suits you, then you might just find a sizzling late deal that’s well beyond your money-saving expectations.