31 hacks to save on last-minute travel plans

Last-minute travel isn’t known for its affordability. That can be particularly true during the holiday season, when many are traveling to visit friends and family, or taking advantage of time off to vacation in warmer weather.

However, there are ways to cut costs for last-minute travel, whether you’re taking a trip in the waning weeks of 2015 or any other time of year. Here are 31 tips that can help you cut your travel costs.

1. Check Last-Minute Deal Sites
LastMinuteTravel.com and the Last Minute Travel Deals mobile app offer hotels, flights, car rentals, vacation homes, activities and more, at prices of up to 70 percent off retail, according to a company spokesperson. First-time users can also get $25 off their first hotel stay by registering through the app.

2. Let the Deal Dictate the Destination
Sites like Owner Direct Vacation Rentals highlight last-minute deals that net significant savings if your plans are flexible. For example, a recent list of the top 20 vacation rental deals offered discounts of 30 percent to 55 percent on properties located everywhere from Barbados to the Orlando, Fla., area.

3. Skip Hotels and Negotiate
Teri Gault, CEO of TheGroceryGame.com, filters results from rental booking companies and local real estate agencies to hone in on desirable rentals that are still available. She waits until just a few days before her scheduled travel dates.

“Most vacation property owners are glad to rent to someone at the last minute, even if for half the price,” she said. “Use filters to keep an eye on available inventory for what you want while you wait. You’re going to watch available inventory, then as late as possible, even two to three days before, contact the booking company and haggle. The key is to use a website that offers private property rentals.”

4. Bigger Is Sometimes Better
Don’t disregard larger homes, even if you’re traveling alone or as a pair, said Scott Breon, chief revenue officer for vacation property rental site Vacasa.

“If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway with your spouse or best friend, you are more likely to get a discount on a larger home than a small one,” he said. “Last-minute trips are typically small groups, so the larger homes are more likely to sit empty. You might just find yourself in a better location or with better amenities.”

5. Keep Watching for Price Alerts
Even if you’ve already booked a cruise, hotel room or airline ticket, price alert apps can be useful. If a fare drops at the last minute, try calling to negotiate for the lower rate, or ask for credit toward future travel or other amenities, said Mike Jirout, co-creator of Ship Mate, an app that offers fare alerts and other cruise tracking features. “As soon as we launched the price alert feature, one of our users saved $900, so we knew this function would be a huge asset to our cruise community,” he said.

6. Place Last-Minute Bids on Airfare
Sites such as Priceline can offer significant savings to last-minute travelers who bid on airfare. “If you book within seven days of departure, you can save up to 50 percent off on last-minute flights,” said Priceline travel analyst Brian Ek. “Simply enter the details — desired dates, airport and number of travelers — and then bid on airfare.”

7. Book a Hotel the Day of Your Stay
Several apps and websites, including Priceline and Hotels.com, feature last-minute hotel deals that offer deep discounts to those who are booking a room for that night. If same-day scheduling makes you nervous, book a room in advance at a hotel that has a liberal cancellation policy, then nix that reservation if you find a better deal.

“I recently booked a five-star hotel the day of, and saved around $150 on the room, over 50 percent off,” said Kristina Portillo, founder of BusinessTravelLife.com. “If you are traveling to a busy area, remember you may not be able to get a room at all if the hotels are sold out, so it is a good idea to have a backup, especially when traveling with children.”

8. Pick Up the Phone
It’s not always necessary to use websites and apps to name your own room rate, particularly if you wait until the last minute to call, said travel writer Janice S. Lintz.

“Call the hotel directly and ask if they have a room for X price, which is the amount you want to pay,” she said. “This way, there isn’t an obvious negotiation, but they can determine discreetly if they want to sell the room for that price. An unsold room is lost revenue.”

9. Consider a Road Trip
Thanksgiving travelers enjoyed the lowest holiday gas prices since 2008, according to AAA, and the national average pump price is expected to drop below $2 a gallon by the Christmas holiday. Apps like GasBuddy can also help you find the lowest-priced fuel no matter where you go.

“Generally, the holidays are a busy time, so it can be tough to find a last-minute super-saver deal. However, if you’re willing to stay locally, you can have a blast,” said Greg Johnson, founder of Travel Blue Book. “Check out a local hotel or water park that you can drive to. That way, you’ll be able to avoid the hassle of flying during the holidays — and you’ll save a lot of money doing it.”

10. See a Show
TodayTix is a mobile app that lets users book discounted theater tickets anywhere from seven days to just one hour before shows. TodayTix operates in New York City, London, the San Francisco Bay area and Washington, D.C.

In one example, it offered next-day rear orchestra tickets for the musical “Matilda” in New York City for $99, a discount of $28, according to its website. TodayTix also offered significant savings on seats in other sections for the same show, when compared with those offered through Telecharge.com. However, prices do vary, so it doesn’t hurt to check both and compare.

11. Bargain Hunt Across Multiple Platforms
“Many travel companies ‘mix and match’ their offers to appeal to customers on a variety of devices,” said Carrie Peters, travel editor for Hotwire. “For example, look for mobile-only offers, daily deals via email, etc.”

12. Compromise to Save Cash
If you want to try the last-minute travel tactic, you’ll need to be flexible with dates and times, said Dave Boehl, founder of GraphicBomb, which owns and operates travel deal site GoLastMinute.com. He said the weekdays are when you’ll find the best hotel and flight rates. Last-minute cruises are also typically heavily discounted, but you probably won’t get an ocean view at the lowest rates.

“For example, we recently published a deal on a Christmas cruise to the Bahamas at the starting rate of $529, which is 49 percent off the brochure price,” he added. “If you want an ocean view or balcony cabin, the prices go up from there.”

13. Take a Bus or Train
If you have a little extra time and last-minute airfares are steep, consider traveling by train or bus. Apps like Wanderu can help you search for deals on ground transportation provided by Megabus, Amtrak, Greyhound and others. For example, Megabus recently offered a last-minute, one-way ride from Orlando, Fla., to Miami for just $20 through Wanderu.

14. Avoid the Busiest Travel Days
Even last-minute travelers can save money if they adopt a more flexible flight schedule. “For example, it’s about $28 (6 percent) cheaper to depart on Christmas day compared to flying on Dec. 23, and it’s about $133 (26 percent) cheaper to fly on New Year’s Day compared to Dec. 26,” said Patrick Surry, chief data scientist for Hopper, a mobile app that uses massive data sets to predict and analyze airfares.

15. Stay Somewhere New
Recently opened hotels typically offer reduced rates to attract customers, according to Real Simple. Try searching the online editions of local newspapers and business journals of cities you plan to visit for information on the area’s newest hotels.

16. Search for Airfare Promo Codes and Sales
Sites like FareCompare compile deals and list unadvertised specials to help make it easier to be a deal detective. However, you might have to go to the airline’s site to make the actual reservation.

17. Window Shop on Monday, Book on Tuesday
“Many airlines launch sales on Monday afternoons,” said Peters. “We recommend booking air on Tuesday afternoons when competing airlines respond by lowering their prices.”

18. Book Flights in the Afternoon
Many airlines will also match competitors’ sale prices, or at least reduce their fares to be more competitive, said Jeanette Pavini, a savings expert at Coupons.com. So even if a sale fare doesn’t fit your schedule, you can use it as a starting point for shopping.

“When a sale is posted, wait until about 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to see if other airlines have matched it, or have brought the price down to be more competitive,” she added.

19. Check for Compassion Fares
Some airlines offer bereavement or “compassion” fares for those booking last minute because of a death or serious illness in the family. If this is the case for you, the airline typically requires some sort of documentation to prove the unfortunate reason behind the booking.

Delta, for example, offers bereavement fares for those booking because of the death, or imminent death, of an immediate family member. However, it requires the name of the family member, name of the traveler, name and phone number of the funeral home, hospital or hospice, or the name of the doctor, if applicable. The fares aren’t discounted, and might not even be the lowest price out there, but they do offer additional flexibility for last-minute changes to travel plans, according to the airline’s website.

20. Set an Alarm
Early-morning flights typically offer lower fares than ones that leave later in the day. CheapAir’s Holiday Cheap Flights Report even recommended checking fares first thing New Year’s Day. So last-minute travelers might want to skip the New Year’s Eve party or plan an all-nighter to take advantage of this travel hack.

21. Use a Travel Agent
Connect with a few travel agents and ask them to get in touch if they have an open spot or last-minute cancellation on a package tour. Travelers willing to take advantage of these opportunities will often reap such significant savings that make the travel agent’s fee worth it.

What’s more, some agents’ fees are paid by the travel companies they work with, according to LearnVest Planning Services. Travel agencies, whether virtual — like Orbitz — or brick-and-mortar, also have access to some packages and secret deals that aren’t available to the general public.

22. Shop for Bundles
Travel agencies would rather slash package prices than have unsold inventory, according to Pavini. “The biggest pitfall of last-minute travel can be airfare costs,” she said. “If you can’t find a flight within your budget, check vacation packages. Agencies buy a batch of plane tickets in advance, then bundle them with hotels and car rentals. As the trip approaches, they need to sell these packages or it will be a loss to them.”

23. Take Advantage of Cancellations
Money magazine suggests following favorite all-inclusive resorts on Twitter and Facebook, where they will sometimes announce last-minute cancellations in an effort to resell spots at a significantly reduced rate. Or try Roomer.com, where people who can’t use their reserved hotel rooms resell them for as much as 85 percent off the advertised rate. Roomer takes care of the technicalities behind transferring the reservation once you buy.

24. Use Your Reward Miles
Airlines typically require travelers to redeem fewer miles for last-minute trips, so it’s worth trying to use your reward miles or points, according to a Washington Post interview with Brian Kelly of ThePointsGuy.com.

“If you collect miles, you can use miles to book free flights,” said Patti Reddi, founder of The Savvy Globetrotter. “Airlines frequently release empty seats for award flights a day or two before the flight.”

25. Travel Off-Season
“If booking at the last minute, consider travel to off-season destinations, as flights and hotels will be less busy,” said Reddi. Fares will typically be less expensive and resorts often publish their off-peak rates right on their website.

Hix Island House, located on the island of Vieques just off of mainland Puerto Rico, listed rates of $425 a night for a two-bedroom loft in the property’s Casa Solaris building from Jan. 4, 2016 through April 4, 2016. From April 5, 2015 through Dec. 23, 2015, rates start at $345 for the same space but climb to $725 a night, excluding taxes and fees, for a few days around Christmas.

26. Skip the Weekends
Although weekday rates might not be a bargain for travel to business-oriented locations, many vacation destinations offer lower rates during the week. “The best time to look for a vacation rental is off-peak and midweek, as the occupancy rates are typically lower during this time,” said Cliff Johnson, Vacasa co-founder and chief development officer. “The great news is that those times are often the best times to visit a new location, as there are fewer other tourists around.”

27. Find Car Rental Coupons and Promo Codes
Airlines aren’t the only travel companies that offer promo codes online. It’s worth searching for deals on hotels, rental cars and more. For example, Coupon Sherpa currently lists several promo codes for Thrifty Car Rental, including one code expiring Feb. 1, that gives users 10 percent off a weekend rental.

28. Stay Connected for Less
Maybe you were lucky enough to snag a last-minute deal on international travel and don’t have time to research your wireless provider’s international calling plans. You might want to try KnowRoaming’s Global SIM Sticker, available for $29.99 at KnowRoaming.com.

“The sticker is applied just once to the SIM card of an unlocked phone and activates when you travel abroad, giving you access to great voice, data and SMS rates — up to 85 percent off in 200-plus countries,” said Lisa Cimini, KnowRoaming communications coordinator.

29. Don’t Exchange Currency at the Airport
If you’re traveling to a country with a different currency, don’t use the airport currency exchange desk. Check currency exchange rates online first, said Ros Banks, online marketing manager for the private accommodations site Wimdu.

“Most airport currency exchange companies have a better rate online than at the physical desk, so purchase your currency online while you’re waiting at the airport, and just choose the option to pick it up from the desk,” she said. “You’ll get a more favorable rate, with no extra hassle or time wasted.”

30. Let Someone Else Do the Driving
Last-minute travelers can book Blacklane’s car and driver service with as little as an hour’s notice. And if you’re traveling with little ones, let the reservation agent know their ages and weights. The company can provide car seats free of charge, saving parents the hassle of hauling their own car seat for the sake of a few cab rides.

31. Look for ‘Hidden City’ Deals
Skiplagged.com is known for helping flexible fliers find “hidden city” deals. Hidden city deals refer to circumstances in which travelers book multi-legged flights that feature connections in the places they really want to go, and skip connections to destinations where they don’t. In some cases, it costs less to book a flight with a connection, and then not take the second leg of the trip, than it would to book a flight to the actual city desired. While these hidden city fares can offer steep discounts, travelers should know that they will be unable to check bags if they use this option.

So if you have some time off this holiday season, use these tips to treat yourself to a trip without sabotaging your savings.

From GoBankingRates.com: 31 hacks to save on last-minute travel plans

Last-minute travel isn’t known for its affordability. That can be particularly true during the holiday season, when many are traveling to visit friends and family, or taking advantage of time off to vacation in warmer weather.

However, there are ways to cut costs for last-minute travel, whether you’re taking a trip in the waning weeks of 2015 or any other time of year. Here are 31 tips that can help you cut your travel costs.

Read: How to Get Richer Without Getting a Raise

1. Check Last-Minute Deal Sites

LastMinuteTravel.com and the Last Minute Travel Deals mobile app offer hotels, flights, car rentals, vacation homes, activities and more, at prices of up to 70 percent off retail, according to a company spokesperson. First-time users can also get $25 off their first hotel stay by registering through the app.

2. Let the Deal Dictate the Destination

Sites like Owner Direct Vacation Rentals highlight last-minute deals that net significant savings if your plans are flexible. For example, a recent list of the top 20 vacation rental deals offered discounts of 30 percent to 55 percent on properties located everywhere from Barbados to the Orlando, Fla., area.

3. Skip Hotels and Negotiate

Teri Gault, CEO of TheGroceryGame.com, filters results from rental booking companies and local real estate agencies to hone in on desirable rentals that are still available. She waits until just a few days before her scheduled travel dates.

“Most vacation property owners are glad to rent to someone at the last minute, even if for half the price,” she said. “Use filters to keep an eye on available inventory for what you want while you wait. You’re going to watch available inventory, then as late as possible, even two to three days before, contact the booking company and haggle. The key is to use a website that offers private property rentals.”

4. Bigger Is Sometimes Better

Don’t disregard larger homes, even if you’re traveling alone or as a pair, said Scott Breon, chief revenue officer for vacation property rental site Vacasa.

“If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway with your spouse or best friend, you are more likely to get a discount on a larger home than a small one,” he said. “Last-minute trips are typically small groups, so the larger homes are more likely to sit empty. You might just find yourself in a better location or with better amenities.”

5. Keep Watching for Price Alerts

Even if you’ve already booked a cruise, hotel room or airline ticket, price alert apps can be useful. If a fare drops at the last minute, try calling to negotiate for the lower rate, or ask for credit toward future travel or other amenities, said Mike Jirout, co-creator of Ship Mate, an app that offers fare alerts and other cruise tracking features. “As soon as we launched the price alert feature, one of our users saved $900, so we knew this function would be a huge asset to our cruise community,” he said.

Read: 5 Ways to Make a Better Plan for Your Money in 2016

6. Place Last-Minute Bids on Airfare

Sites such as Priceline can offer significant savings to last-minute travelers who bid on airfare. “If you book within seven days of departure, you can save up to 50 percent off on last-minute flights,” said Priceline travel analyst Brian Ek. “Simply enter the details — desired dates, airport and number of travelers — and then bid on airfare.”

7. Book a Hotel the Day of Your Stay

Several apps and websites, including Priceline and Hotels.com, feature last-minute hotel deals that offer deep discounts to those who are booking a room for that night. If same-day scheduling makes you nervous, book a room in advance at a hotel that has a liberal cancellation policy, then nix that reservation if you find a better deal.

“I recently booked a five-star hotel the day of, and saved around $150 on the room, over 50 percent off,” said Kristina Portillo, founder of BusinessTravelLife.com. “If you are traveling to a busy area, remember you may not be able to get a room at all if the hotels are sold out, so it is a good idea to have a backup, especially when traveling with children.”

8. Pick Up the Phone

It’s not always necessary to use websites and apps to name your own room rate, particularly if you wait until the last minute to call, said travel writer Janice S. Lintz.

“Call the hotel directly and ask if they have a room for X price, which is the amount you want to pay,” she said. “This way, there isn’t an obvious negotiation, but they can determine discreetly if they want to sell the room for that price. An unsold room is lost revenue.”

9. Consider a Road Trip

Thanksgiving travelers enjoyed the lowest holiday gas prices since 2008, according to AAA, and the national average pump price is expected to drop below $2 a gallon by the Christmas holiday. Apps like GasBuddy can also help you find the lowest-priced fuel no matter where you go.

“Generally, the holidays are a busy time, so it can be tough to find a last-minute super-saver deal. However, if you’re willing to stay locally, you can have a blast,” said Greg Johnson, founder of Travel Blue Book. “Check out a local hotel or water park that you can drive to. That way, you’ll be able to avoid the hassle of flying during the holidays — and you’ll save a lot of money doing it.”

10. See a Show

TodayTix is a mobile app that lets users book discounted theater tickets anywhere from seven days to just one hour before shows. TodayTix operates in New York City, London, the San Francisco Bay area and Washington, D.C.

In one example, it offered next-day rear orchestra tickets for the musical “Matilda” in New York City for $99, a discount of $28, according to its website. TodayTix also offered significant savings on seats in other sections for the same show, when compared with those offered through Telecharge.com. However, prices do vary, so it doesn’t hurt to check both and compare.

11. Bargain Hunt Across Multiple Platforms

“Many travel companies ‘mix and match’ their offers to appeal to customers on a variety of devices,” said Carrie Peters, travel editor for Hotwire. “For example, look for mobile-only offers, daily deals via email, etc.”

12. Compromise to Save Cash

If you want to try the last-minute travel tactic, you’ll need to be flexible with dates and times, said Dave Boehl, founder of GraphicBomb, which owns and operates travel deal site GoLastMinute.com. He said the weekdays are when you’ll find the best hotel and flight rates. Last-minute cruises are also typically heavily discounted, but you probably won’t get an ocean view at the lowest rates.

“For example, we recently published a deal on a Christmas cruise to the Bahamas at the starting rate of $529, which is 49 percent off the brochure price,” he added. “If you want an ocean view or balcony cabin, the prices go up from there.”

13. Take a Bus or Train

If you have a little extra time and last-minute airfares are steep, consider traveling by train or bus. Apps like Wanderu can help you search for deals on ground transportation provided by Megabus, Amtrak, Greyhound and others. For example, Megabus recently offered a last-minute, one-way ride from Orlando, Fla., to Miami for just $20 through Wanderu.

14. Avoid the Busiest Travel Days

Even last-minute travelers can save money if they adopt a more flexible flight schedule. “For example, it’s about $28 (6 percent) cheaper to depart on Christmas day compared to flying on Dec. 23, and it’s about $133 (26 percent) cheaper to fly on New Year’s Day compared to Dec. 26,” said Patrick Surry, chief data scientist for Hopper, a mobile app that uses massive data sets to predict and analyze airfares.

15. Stay Somewhere New

Recently opened hotels typically offer reduced rates to attract customers, according to Real Simple. Try searching the online editions of local newspapers and business journals of cities you plan to visit for information on the area’s newest hotels.

16. Search for Airfare Promo Codes and Sales

Sites like FareCompare compile deals and list unadvertised specials to help make it easier to be a deal detective. However, you might have to go to the airline’s site to make the actual reservation.

17. Window Shop on Monday, Book on Tuesday

“Many airlines launch sales on Monday afternoons,” said Peters. “We recommend booking air on Tuesday afternoons when competing airlines respond by lowering their prices.”

18. Book Flights in the Afternoon

Many airlines will also match competitors’ sale prices, or at least reduce their fares to be more competitive, said Jeanette Pavini, a savings expert at Coupons.com. So even if a sale fare doesn’t fit your schedule, you can use it as a starting point for shopping.

“When a sale is posted, wait until about 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to see if other airlines have matched it, or have brought the price down to be more competitive,” she added.

Read: Why 2016 Is the Year of the Entrepreneur

19. Check for Compassion Fares

Some airlines offer bereavement or “compassion” fares for those booking last minute because of a death or serious illness in the family. If this is the case for you, the airline typically requires some sort of documentation to prove the unfortunate reason behind the booking.

Delta, for example, offers bereavement fares for those booking because of the death, or imminent death, of an immediate family member. However, it requires the name of the family member, name of the traveler, name and phone number of the funeral home, hospital or hospice, or the name of the doctor, if applicable. The fares aren’t discounted, and might not even be the lowest price out there, but they do offer additional flexibility for last-minute changes to travel plans, according to the airline’s website.

20. Set an Alarm

Early-morning flights typically offer lower fares than ones that leave later in the day. CheapAir’s Holiday Cheap Flights Report even recommended checking fares first thing New Year’s Day. So last-minute travelers might want to skip the New Year’s Eve party or plan an all-nighter to take advantage of this travel hack.

21. Use a Travel Agent

Connect with a few travel agents and ask them to get in touch if they have an open spot or last-minute cancellation on a package tour. Travelers willing to take advantage of these opportunities will often reap such significant savings that make the travel agent’s fee worth it.

What’s more, some agents’ fees are paid by the travel companies they work with, according to LearnVest Planning Services. Travel agencies, whether virtual — like Orbitz — or brick-and-mortar, also have access to some packages and secret deals that aren’t available to the general public.

22. Shop for Bundles

Travel agencies would rather slash package prices than have unsold inventory, according to Pavini. “The biggest pitfall of last-minute travel can be airfare costs,” she said. “If you can’t find a flight within your budget, check vacation packages. Agencies buy a batch of plane tickets in advance, then bundle them with hotels and car rentals. As the trip approaches, they need to sell these packages or it will be a loss to them.”

23. Take Advantage of Cancellations

Money magazine suggests following favorite all-inclusive resorts on Twitter and Facebook, where they will sometimes announce last-minute cancellations in an effort to resell spots at a significantly reduced rate. Or try Roomer.com, where people who can’t use their reserved hotel rooms resell them for as much as 85 percent off the advertised rate. Roomer takes care of the technicalities behind transferring the reservation once you buy.

24. Use Your Reward Miles

Airlines typically require travelers to redeem fewer miles for last-minute trips, so it’s worth trying to use your reward miles or points, according to a Washington Post interview with Brian Kelly of ThePointsGuy.com.

“If you collect miles, you can use miles to book free flights,” said Patti Reddi, founder of The Savvy Globetrotter. “Airlines frequently release empty seats for award flights a day or two before the flight.”

25. Travel Off-Season

“If booking at the last minute, consider travel to off-season destinations, as flights and hotels will be less busy,” said Reddi. Fares will typically be less expensive and resorts often publish their off-peak rates right on their website.

Hix Island House, located on the island of Vieques just off of mainland Puerto Rico, listed rates of $425 a night for a two-bedroom loft in the property’s Casa Solaris building from Jan. 4, 2016 through April 4, 2016. From April 5, 2015 through Dec. 23, 2015, rates start at $345 for the same space but climb to $725 a night, excluding taxes and fees, for a few days around Christmas.

26. Skip the Weekends

Although weekday rates might not be a bargain for travel to business-oriented locations, many vacation destinations offer lower rates during the week. “The best time to look for a vacation rental is off-peak and midweek, as the occupancy rates are typically lower during this time,” said Cliff Johnson, Vacasa co-founder and chief development officer. “The great news is that those times are often the best times to visit a new location, as there are fewer other tourists around.”

27. Find Car Rental Coupons and Promo Codes

Airlines aren’t the only travel companies that offer promo codes online. It’s worth searching for deals on hotels, rental cars and more. For example, Coupon Sherpa currently lists several promo codes for Thrifty Car Rental, including one code expiring Feb. 1, that gives users 10 percent off a weekend rental.

28. Stay Connected for Less

Maybe you were lucky enough to snag a last-minute deal on international travel and don’t have time to research your wireless provider’s international calling plans. You might want to try KnowRoaming’s Global SIM Sticker, available for $29.99 at KnowRoaming.com.

“The sticker is applied just once to the SIM card of an unlocked phone and activates when you travel abroad, giving you access to great voice, data and SMS rates — up to 85 percent off in 200-plus countries,” said Lisa Cimini,KnowRoaming communications coordinator.

29. Don’t Exchange Currency at the Airport

If you’re traveling to a country with a different currency, don’t use the airport currency exchange desk. Check currency exchange rates online first, said Ros Banks, online marketing manager for the private accommodations site Wimdu.

“Most airport currency exchange companies have a better rate online than at the physical desk, so purchase your currency online while you’re waiting at the airport, and just choose the option to pick it up from the desk,” she said. “You’ll get a more favorable rate, with no extra hassle or time wasted.”

30. Let Someone Else Do the Driving

Last-minute travelers can book Blacklane’s car and driver service with as little as an hour’s notice. And if you’re traveling with little ones, let the reservation agent know their ages and weights. The company can provide car seats free of charge, saving parents the hassle of hauling their own car seat for the sake of a few cab rides.

31. Look for ‘Hidden City’ Deals

Skiplagged.com is known for helping flexible fliers find “hidden city” deals. Hidden city deals refer to circumstances in which travelers book multi-legged flights that feature connections in the places they really want to go, and skip connections to destinations where they don’t. In some cases, it costs less to book a flight with a connection, and then not take the second leg of the trip, than it would to book a flight to the actual city desired. While these hidden city fares can offer steep discounts, travelers should know that they will be unable to check bags if they use this option.

So if you have some time off this holiday season, use these tips to treat yourself to a trip without sabotaging your savings.

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Developer Eric Cohen discusses his current building project at the Hughes Center office park in Las Vegas, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Stratosphere to rebrand to The STRAT
The Stratosphere, a 1,150-foot-tall property in Las Vegas will be renamed The STRAT Hotel, Casino and Skypod.
Local designers’ picks for the Las Vegas Market
The trends that local interior designers are noticing at the Las Vegas Market this year. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Trends in bath products at Las Vegas Market
Camille Herd, the showroom manager for European Bath Kitchen Tile & Stone, talks about the popularity of free-standing bath tubs. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae
Kitchen trends at Las Vegas Winter Market
Las Vegas Winter Market displayed kitchen trends that mirror common dining accessories at Strip eateries. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae
Emerging trends in gifts at Las Vegas Market
Julie Smith Vincenti, curator for the First Look showroom tour on gifts and lifestyle, talks about the emerging trends in those categories for this season. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae
Las Vegas house prices are rising
Southern Nevada home prices were up 12 percent year-over-year in November.
Caesars Republic Scottsdale
Caesars Entertainment Corp. is building its first non-gaming hotel in the United States in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Caesars Entertainment Corp.)
Interior designer Mikel Welch talks about trends for Las Vegas Market
Interior designer Mikel Welch, who also is the on-camera designer for TLC’s Trading Spaces, discusses the trends he sees for the 2019 Las Vegas Winter Market. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae
SHOT Show 2019: MEGGITT Virtual Training
MEGGIT showcases its virtual training system at SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas.
MGM delivers 700 meals to TSA workers at McCarran
Chefs at Garde Manger at Mandalay Bay provided 700 meals to federal employees who are affected by the government shutdown. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
SHOT Show 2019: A "nonsemi-automatic” weapon
Brandon Dunham of Nevada-based Franklin Armory show off the company’s new rifle prototype it calls a “nonsemi-automatic” weapon. The gun does not use a gas system to fire.
Las Vegas-based concrete repair company knows how to beat the heat
ART Concrete Solutions, a Las Vegas concrete-repair firm, addresses the challenges of construction in the extreme heat and sun of Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Las Vegas based company brings color to concrete in the desert heat
Semco Modern Seamless Surface, a Las Vegas surface engineering company, knows how to put color in concrete construction in the Vegas heat. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Fun photo booth at World of Concrete
World of Concrete show at the Las Vegas Convention Center sponsored by DeWalt gives conventioneers a chance for photos with giant tools. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
SHOT Show 2019: Laserstar Technologies
Laerstar Technologies showed off their laser engraving machines, that can be used to personalize anything from guns and knives, to medical tools and household items. (Mick Akers/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
World of Concrete Show has big equipment on display
World of Concrete Show has big equipment on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center including an impact crusher, concrete pump and a self-erecting portable concrete batch plant. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Shot Show 2019: Kalashnikov USA shows off new products
Jonathan Mossberg of Kalashnikov USA talks about new products on display at Shot Show 2019 in Las Vegas.
Life
MAGIC fashion convention showcases men's clothing trends
The MAGIC fashion convention has come to Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to showcase some of the hottest clothing trends for men. (Nathan Asselin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former Army medic’s Afghanistan story told in new book
The graphic novel “Machete Squad” is based on journals written by Las Vegan Brent Dulak.
Las Vegas man talks about losing his wife
Dwayne Murray, 37, lost his wife, LaQuinta while she was at Centennial Hills Hospital. A jury awarded him $43 million last week after it said the hospital failed to perform the standard of care in administering a drug for her sickle cell disease.
Barber sets up shop in grandfather’s old shop
Andres Dominguez’s new barber shop is filled with memories of his grandfather, who ran the El Cortez landmark for more than 30 years. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Life and times of a 90-year-old horse player
Leo Polito of Las Vegas describes meeting legendary jockey and trainer Johnny Longden on the beach at Del Mar. Mike Brunker/Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Learning the history of singing bowls
Presentation at Summerlin Library teaches residents about the history of singing bowls (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Learning live-saving techniques in Stop the Bleed class
Leslie Shaffer, an AMR paramedic, shows how to control bleeding during a Stop the Bleed course at the Summerlin Library. The class is designed to teach anyone how to control and stop life-threatening bleeding. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Vicki Richardson speaks about on the power of art
Artist and arts advocate Vicki Richardson talks about the power of art to inspire and challenge. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
DressCoders pairs tech with haute couture
DressCoders is a startup focused on haute couture garments. The company uses illuminated thread that is washable and can be sewn right into the fabric. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES 2019: Brava infrared oven
In cooking with the Brava infrared oven,there’s no preheating. the bulbs can reach 500 degrees in less than a second. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sinks Merge Style And Utility
Study could determine cause of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s diseases
Dr. Aaron Ritter, director of clinical trials at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, discusses his research on how inflammation in the brain impacts Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. (Jessie Bekker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Holocaust survivors talk about tragedy and friendship
Janos Strauss and Alexander Kuechel share their perspectives on life. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
'Siegel Cares' Santa delivers toys to kids at Siegel Suites in Las Vegas
Siegel Cares, the charitable wing of The Siegel Group, delivered toys to families at their apartment complexes in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Revisiting “Christ the King” sculpture
A longtime admirer of the sculpture at Christ the King Catholic Community in Las Vegas shares her perspective. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye)
Henderson couple adds another school to their generosity
Bob and Sandy Ellis of Henderson, who donate to several Clark County School District schools, have added Matt Kelly Elementary in Las Vegas to their list of schools where every student gets new shoes, socks and a toy. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Terry Fator Christmas House
Arguably better than a hotel holiday display, is Terry and Angie Fator's home located in southwest Las Vegas.
UNLV Winter Graduation Packs Thomas & Mack
UNLV's 55th winter commencement ceremony included approximately 2,146 undergraduate and graduate students who recently completed their studies. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Build-A-Bear comes to Reed Elementary School
Students participated in a Build-A-Bear-Workshop at Doris Reed Elementary School in Las Vegas, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.
Rev. Father Seraphim Ramos talks about Greek Orthodox icons during an interview with the LVRJ
Rev. Father Seraphim Ramos talks about Greek Orthodox icons during an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center art depicts names of God
Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center founder Sharaf Haseebullah talks about new diamond-shaped art panels featuring some of the 99 names of Allah at the main entrance the Las Vegas mosque. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Holiday poultry with Tim and Chemaine Jensen of Village Meat & Wine
Tim and Chemaine Jensen of Village Meat & Wine explain the different types of poultry available for the holidays. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Catholic Charities hosts early Christmas meal
Students from the Bishop Gorman High School football and cheerleader team helped to serve food at the Christmas meal sponsored by the Frank and Victoria Fertitta Foundation at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada on Sunday. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Incarcerated Christmas
This is the fourth year HOPE for Prisoners has worked with the Nevada Department of Corrections to create a Christmas for prisoners to visit their families. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
2018 Homeless Vigil
Straight From The Streets holds its 23rd annual vigil to remember the 179 homeless individuals who died in Clark County this year.
Getting through the Holiday blues
Psychologist Whitney Owens offers advice on keeping your mental health in check during the Holiday season in Henderson, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military
Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military program gave meal kits to 200 families at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10047 in Las Vegas Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. It all started with a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, N.Y., near Fort Drum. A soldier, his wife and infant had a handful of grocery items they couldn't afford. A Beam Suntory employee picked up the $12 cost for the groceries. The program has grown from providing 500 meal kits to military families in 2009 to providing more than 7,000 nationally this holiday season.K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhoto
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women at WestCare Women Children Campus in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Former 51s manager Wally Backman chats about new job
Former Las Vegas 51s manager Wally Backman talks about his new job with the independent league Long Island Ducks during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 10, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen at Springs Preserve
The staff of Divine Events do party preparation in the kitchen at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve. With nine parties the following day, this is a particularly busy time for the crew. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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