When it comes to travel, sometimes you leave your planning very late. But even when you need to book something quickly, you still want a good price. Thankfully, you have everything you need to plan a last-minute vacation on the cheap right in your pocket—your smartphone. If you’re wondering, “What are the best flight apps?” for finding last-minute deals, check these options out.
Last Minute Travel/LMT Mobile (Free on iOS and Android)
It’s long been one of the biggest names in online bookings, but now LastMinuteTravel.com offers its services as an app, too. The LMT Mobile app allows you to search deals by date, whether you need to leave right now or are booking a couple of weeks in advance. You’ll even get inspiration by checking out their daily deals. One of the best features of LMT Mobile is the three-step checkout process, which is lightning fast and helps you get away in a hurry.
TravelZoo (Free on iOS and Android)
Like Groupon, only for travel, TravelZoo dedicates an entire section of its app to last-minute deals. All you have to do is decide which one you like. You can also search by location, which is helpful if you’re looking for something nearby for a staycation. Flight deals are often packaged with hotel and rental cars; if you want airfare alone, use the airfare search function to locate the best deals. TravelZoo searches a number of sites to come up with the best price.
Kayak (Free on iOS)
One of the most user-friendly travel apps available, use Kayak when you don’t have a lot of time to spend perusing different websites. Kayak analyzes travel websites such as Expedia and Orbitz to unearth killer last-minute deals. While you’re at it, you can also book a hotel deal after checking out reviews through connectivity to Trip Advisor. It’s like having a tiny, frugal travel agent with you all the time.
Next Flight ($2.99 on iOS, $3.99 on Android)
If you’re really in a rush, download the Next Flight app. Not only does it show you the prices for each flight, so you can check for the best deals, but it’s made to tell you exactly when the next flight leaves. While you can’t book directly from the app, it can prove invaluable if you need to be on a plane five minutes ago, or if you’re stranded in a faraway place.
Twitter (Free on iOS and Android)
You may not think of the Twitter app as a travel app, but it has some of the best resources for snagging awesome and usually unpublished deals. Follow @airfarewatchdog and @jetbluecheeps to see the latest deeply discounted fares. Or if you’re looking for hotels to go with your bargain-basement fares, follow @getatraveldeal. You can also follow your fave airlines directly to be among the first to hear about last-minute fare sales.
You can stop wondering, “What are the best flight apps for last-minute trips and discounts?” Load your phone up with these apps and you’ll never miss a sale or pay too much for a flight again, no matter how last minute.
Do you use last-minute deal websites? Will you start using them on your phone instead?
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