It’s just a couple of days before the Independence Day weekend, and everyone is lining up to get great deals on their last-minute vacations. Thanks to the newest technology, those deals are now possible.
How is all of this possible? Big data. Thanks to the technology that’s run by this endless supply of numbers and information, the consumer can save big. Here are some of the absolute best ways to save money on your last-minute vacations today.
For starters, if you’re looking for a great way to save, it’s in your best interest to turn towards apps. Most are free, and they show you great deals from the moment you book your vacation until the moment you come home. Here are some of my favorite apps for saving money on travel.
This is the perfect app for last minute trips. Using Google maps, it shows you the best flights in your price range. It also offers several tips and cost-cutting ideas and will alert you if there is a free or inexpensive upgrade.
Online Travel Sites
You’re probably aware of these little travel gems, which show you the most customized deals to fit your price range. You can personalize your search based on price or convenience to get the best deal for you. You can also compare different flight options and find great coupons for websites like Hotels.com, Hotwire, Expedia, and Travelocity.
This app is relatively new and is perfect for finding the best time to fly for great deals. It specializes in tracking fares and predicting when prices will drop. It sends you text alerts when the flights you’ve been searching have dropped to a great rate, and it’s surprisingly accurate. The only downside to this money-saving app is that it only works on the iPhone.
Decided to pack up and leave just this morning? Need somewhere to stay tonight? No problem. HotelTonight is one of the best apps for using the latest technology and big data to find you the perfect hotel for you. It sorts hotels based on both price and quality, so you can find a great room at a price you can afford without the hassle of endless searching when you’re on the go.
This app is designed to help you find places to eat close by without breaking the bank. Simply search for restaurants and customize the price range, and you’ll find a world of options within a few miles of your exact location. You can also search for grocery stores if you’re looking to cook rather than dine out during your vacation.
Thanks to a constant influx of data and information, last-minute travel deals no longer need be a money pit.
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