Friday, 16 June 2017

Surf and Go

Returning to the its roots as supposedly a travel Blog, this is a handy piece from TInd about some of the best last minute travel sites:

Holiday Pirates 

This travel deals site manually searches for the best holiday offers daily, finding a range of big discounts and emailing them to subscribers. At the moment you can book 7 nights in Corfu, including flights for £100 per person. Zakynthos is another destination where there are regular deals.

Jack’s Flight Club

Sign up (for free) to the club and get emailed the cheapest flights from the UK and Ireland including discounts, hidden offers and error fares – think UK to Asia for around £250.  Many are last-minute deals, but remember, with prices like this it’s fastest finger first. 

Google Flights

As you’d expect from the algorithm masterminds, this helps compare and track fares to get the best deal. But it also has features for the last-minute traveller, such as an option to search for flights in any number of cities for a specific date – so you can see if its cheaper to go to Paris or Berlin this weekend.

Hotel Tonight

This app offers last-minute deals if you need a place to stay tonight, tomorrow or within the next 7 days. It splits hotels worldwide into categories such as, basic, charming, hip and high-roller, and while some deals (especially in the US) are not so good, it can deliver deep discounts in Europe and the UK.

Kayak 

On the "Explore" section of Kayak you can enter your budget, trip length, travel time and dates and the site will come up with a range of options for you to choose from. The easy-to-use map feature is a great way to compare locations and prices for a last minute trip.

BA Holidays

No, it’s not a discount specialist, but BA Holidays – the package wing of British Airways – can offer deep discounts for last-minute trips, pairing unsold flight inventory with empty hotel rooms. In fact, the deals can be so good that a city break with hotel included can often work out cheaper than the flights alone, and a week’s car hire in Europe can be close to free.

Travelzoo

With more than 26 million subscribers worldwide, Travelzoo features a host of deals ranging from trips abroad to day-long activities. Seven nights in a luxury spa in Crete this September comes up at £439, while people planning a trip to the capital should snap up the flash sale of Dirty Dancing tickets for just £39.50.

Secret Escapes

You’ll find discounts of up to 70 per cent at Secret Escapes, which follows a similar model to Voyage Privé and Condé Nast Secret Traveller, offering flash sales to registered members. It’s a great place to scout high-end discount holidays and the customer service of the site has been praised as excellent.

Best at Travel

This company’s central London call centre means someone is always on hand to help you out. It's a 'normal' tour operator but has a last-minute deals section on the website, which can offer deep discounts on upmarket breaks. Deals at the time of writing included five nights half board and flights at the St Regis Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi for £710pp, and flights plus a week's four-star accommodation in Sri Lanka for £689pp.

Travel Republic

With around two million customers using the site to book holidays, Travel Republic is bound to have some good deals, and there's a vast amount to choose from, since it shifts flights, all-inclusives, tickets for attractions, and traditional package holidays. For its top destinations, such as Paris or the Costa Blanca, you could find flights for as little as £50, while Ibiza starts at £60 return. The site also features a lowest-price guarantee, should you spot a better offer.

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