My daughter has a friend who decides to go someplace last minute. It's late Friday. She gets online. Finds an incredible last-minute offer for airfare. Books that. Then looks for a place to stay, checking out all the last-minute deals. Finds a bargain, because there are always bargains to be found. Hops on a plane late Friday night and is sitting on the beach of a luxury resort in Hawaii when the sun comes up on Saturday. (She also has a very fine room at the resort, in case you were wondering.)
My instincts always told me this is not how you travel cheap. I was wrong. I only know this now, rather late in life, that you can do something exciting and fun and not get punished for it! The math is simple. Airlines and condo owners like to fill up their bookings. When cancellations mess with their bottom line, a last-minute bargain is born. Last-minute travel may not be everyone's adventure, it can be tricky, but for those who dare to catch-as-catch-can, it can save big.
Right now, today, you can book a flight from Oakland to Maui on Nov. 27 for $250/RT. Our Beachside Maui Condo is available for 5 days, Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, at $100/night...a last-minute steal! Wait for it...say until March 1...and you'll be paying up to $800 RT and $155/night. Same plane. Same condo. That's a pretty incredible difference.