The growth of the Internet and low-cost airlines has made last-minute flights a huge industry – you can just surf the Internet and there’s a flight so cheap you can buy it on the spur of the moment and go away for the weekend. However, if you are thinking about booking last minute flights, there are some things you need to consider.
1. One important point is that you can’t trust the prices advertised for last minute flights. This is because of the common practice of factoring out booking fees, airport taxes, and all sorts of other little extras from the price – these are only added on once you’ve whipped out your card and are ready to pay, in the hopes that you won’t want to go back then.
2. Also, be aware that just because a flight is offered to a major city like London or Paris doesn’t mean it’s close to the airport. Budget airlines use smaller airports to avoid the higher airport fees charged by larger airports, and these smaller airports can be up to two hours away from the city centre by often unreliable public transportation. In some cases, you end up paying as much as you did for your airline tickets just to get to the place you thought your destination was by train.
3. Another thing to keep in mind with airlines that take seat reservations is that for last-minute flights, the only seats available are the ones that no one else wanted, which is usually the seats in the middle of the row. This can be very important if you get nauseous or if you are a couple or family that really wants to sit together.
The biggest problem is that last minute flights are not refundable. If you want to buy such a flight on the spur of the moment, you should make sure beforehand that you will be able to make it, because after that there is no cancellation of the agreement.