Last Minute Flights
Life is no fun without a little spontaneity!
There’s nothing more exciting than changing your weekend plans from hanging out with your friends at home to instead taking a trip to a place you’ve never been. Check out our tips below on how to find the best last minute flight deals.
Tips for Booking Last Minute Flights
Use StudentUniverse when booking your last minute flight. We negotiate prices with airlines that don’t change just because it’s last minute—our airfare prices look more like a straight line than the market prices.
Be open-minded when choosing your destination. When looking for cheap airfare, consider locations with great deals. Although you may have a handful of destinations on your bucket list, stay open to places you haven’t thought of yet.
Off Season Locations
Choose locations that are less popular or in their off-season to get the cheapest flights.These destinations will also be less crowded so you can have a more enjoyable time without the hoards of tourists!
Play with your departure and arrival dates to compare flights and find the lowest fares. Generally, flights departing on Tuesday and Wednesday tend to be less expensive, flights departing on Friday and Sunday tend to be more expensive, and flights departing on Monday, Thursday and Saturday are in the middle.
Flying during the holidays can be tricky, but one way to get cheap flights is to fly on the holiday itself. Flying on Thanksgiving or Christmas rather than the few days before could save you hundreds of dollars.
Departure & Arrival
Be flexible about your departure and arrival times as oftentimes you’ll find cheaper flights in the early morning, late evening or overnight. You can adjust these times using our search tool.
Be proactive about what day and time you compare flights. As a general rule, Tuesday afternoon tends to show the cheapest flights, so you should look during that time to see if any prices have changed.
If you don’t have time to compare flights in the few days before a potential trip, you can sign up fare alerts to let you know when prices drop. With fare alerts, you are able to set your desired travel period and destinations and will receive an email when the cheapest airline tickets become available.
We can never guarantee that you'll save money, but searching for a flight is fast and membership is free, so you don't really have a whole lot to lose. The next time you need or want to go somewhere on a short notice, please come back and we'll do our best to get you on that plane for less.