Win a 5-Star Trip to Australia with Business-class flights
Travelzoo have teamed up with Etihad Airways and Etihad Holidays to put together an amazing prize. One of our lucky members and a friend will be flying business class to Melbourne for a 5-star stay, stopping for two luxurious nights in Abu Dhabi along the way. Enter now for your chance to win.
Business-class flights with Etihad Airways to Melbourne via Abu Dhabi; premium lounge access and dedicated check-in on the ground; fully flat bed, lobby and Dine Anytime menu in the air
Two-night stopover at the 5-star, ultra-modern beachfront hotel, Fairmont Bab al Bahr.
This beachfront 5-star hotel in Abu Dhabi with views of the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a short drive from major shopping malls and Yas Island attractions
Seven-night stay at a 5-star hotel in Melbourne located on the stylish Collins Street, home to many of the city’s top restaurants, shops and attractions.
Timelessly elegant and always there to make you feel special. The similarities are striking, so it's hardly surprising your mum would feel at home at the Montcalm. For the perfect match this Mother's Day, send her to her room - a stylish, supremely comfortable space perfect for pampering. Treat her to a delicious three-course lunch or dinner, too - it's all part of the package at the Montcalm Luxury Hotels this March.
1. Forget the old methods of finding last minute flights
Back in the day, the best way to get last minute flights was to arrive at the airport and ask for a standby ticket. Now so many people are travelling by air, the majority of flights sell out. And the only way you’re going to get on that elusive standby list is:
If you miss your own flight
If you hold a full price ticket and want to get on an earlier flight
If you have friends working at the airline. Even then you should be prepared to wait
2. Become an air courier
Ten years ago, becoming an air courier was also a popular option for budget travellers: but very few airlines offer this service anymore. In the past it could take up to two weeks for a package to go through customs, unless it was accompanied by a person. Now companies like UPS have deals in place with airports and no longer need couriers. There are still a few routes which operate courier tickets, but it’s a very competitive industry.
3. Keep your eyes and ears open
You’re not the only one out there looking for cheap last minute flights. You can get the jump on other spontaneous travellers just by paying attention.
If an airline has a newsletter, sign up for it. This works particularly well for chartered flights, as they often have spare seats to fill, and the newsletter will keep you informed about last minute flight sales
As well as using Skyscanner to find last minute flights, use websites specifically designed for last minute travel. Holiday Pirates is a great example. Not only do they source last minute flights, they also give an in-depth description of the offer
Signing up for price alerts is another good way to find last minute flights, depending on where you’re flying from. Luckily Skyscanner Price Alerts have arrived for just this purpose. The basic concept is that you mark a flight that you are interested in and we will email you every day telling you whether the price has dropped, risen, or stayed the same
Follow your favourite airlines on social media. Your time on Facebook and Twitter will be well spent if you manage to pick up a deeply discounted flight
Look for cancellation holidays. Some package holiday companies sell off last minute trips for a huge discount when their customers can no longer travel.
4. Be flexible
Everybody knows that you need to be flexible when you’re looking for cheap flights. But when it comes to last minute flights, there’s more to being flexible than choosing anti-social flight times. It also means being flexible about your destination, and the airport you’re flying from. You could find yourself in a gorgeous city that you’ve never heard about before. The best way to do this is to use Skyscanner’s 'everywhere' destination option. This way you can see which places are cheapest to visit on a short timescale.
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