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!
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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 us.lastminute.com, 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 jetsetter.com/register/promo/rachaelray 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. Cruisesonly.com 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.

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