Online booking sites hate taking part of your travel dough, they want all of it. They’re greedy, but occasionally that greed can lead to great results for people who need to go somewhere. We’ve crunched the numbers before, and though it doesn’t often make too much sense to book airline and hotel packages for travel well in advance, there’s one particular situation where it’s almost always your best bet for major savings…

The Best Time For Air + Hotel Deals Is Last Minute Travel…

Are there other great times to use packages? Of course, there probably are. More times than not however, the best time to use package deals, where airfare and hotel are bundled together, is for last minute travel. There’s a very good explanation for that…

Last Minute Packages Avoid Last Minute Airline Ticket Fees….

Ever walked up to an airline counter right before a flight and asked for a ticket? The quote you get is usually something to cry or laugh about, depending on which side of the masochist scale you generally fall. By booking a package, you are getting a pre negotiated bundled airfare rate, which allows you to bypass last minute airline fees and expensive fares.

Define Last Minute? How Do I Know For Sure?

Last minute is like spur of the moment “honey, wanna go to Miami” kinda thinking. It’s also in general practice anytime within the 21 day or 7 day advance purchase jumps which airfares go through. Basically anything inside of 21 days could be worth a look and anything inside 7 days is definitely worth a look. The ONLY way to know for sure is to try a few different sites and compare your options with booking the options directly with the hotel brand and airline…

And Really, They Want All Of Your Travel Money…

Companies like Expedia, Travelocity, CheapOAir and others all make commission from your bookings. If it’s not them, it’s their competitor. They’d rather take less commission and take all of your money than have one of their sworn enemies get in on the deal too. Sell someone one great package and save them a fortune, you may very well have a new best friend for life…

Before You Book, Some Offer Better Deals Than Others And It Changes By The Deal!

$400 at one place may get you three connections and an airport motel, whereas another site may land you a five star stunner next to the beach and a direct flight. There’s no perfect rhyme or reason (other than commission rates) to determine why some sites beat others for a specific deal and often there’s no one site that’s better all the time. Again, the only way to really win is to search for package deals on a few different sites and then compare with booking the deal direct…