How to Book Last-Minute Travel

Smart websites are making it easier than ever to find quick deals. So get online and get out of town -- now!
last minute travel

Fly smart. Using opaque websites like Priceline or Hotwire is a great way to score supercheap flights for impromptu trips, especially if your travel dates are flexible. Also check, which offers discounts of up to 70 percent on last-second travel packages -- they sometimes end up being less expensive than the lastminute flights themselves.

Join the Club. To join jetsetter .com, you need an invite from a member. That is, unless you're one of our readers! Sign up at and you'll be alerted to private sales, receiving 20 to 65 percent off luxury hotels around the world. At press time, a room in Manhattan's Hôtel Plaza Athénée was $290, more than half off the regular price.

Go Cruising. lists hundreds of deeply discounted last-minute cruises (look under the "Deals" tab). If you find a lower price within 48 hours of booking, the site will refund 110 percent of the difference. At press time, CruisesOnly offered a four-night Western Caribbean Carnival cruise from Miami for $159.