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Last-minute travel deals: Last-minute hotels, flights and package holidays

We know how it goes: when the urge to travel strikes, you want to get out to your favourite destinations as soon as possible. With a last-minute holiday deal, that becomes a real possibility. While conventional wisdom says that booking an early bird holiday deal is the only way to snag the best prices, the truth is that you can actually find some of the cheapest offers when you book last minute.

This is especially true for those looking for a solo trip, as it's easier to travel spontaneously, but group getaways are definitely possible if you act fast! Whether you're looking for last-minute flights, hotels, package holidays or any other type of holiday, we've rounded up all the very last-minute deals here.

What can you book last minute?

When it comes to travel, there's no limit to what you can book last minute. And that means that there's a lot of choice, especially if you're feeling flexible about your travel destination.

While most travellers choose to book early for the peak summer months and school holidays, you can actually find cheap last-minute deals all year round if you know where to look. When it comes to booking last minute, fortune seems to favour the spontaneous, so take a look at our deals to see if anything takes your fancy.

Last-minute flights

This is where being flexible about your travel destination - and your departure airport - really comes in handy, as you can make huge savings by booking a last-minute flight deal! This applies to both short- and long-haul flights to popular destinations and ones that are off the beaten path.

This is especially true during the summer months, when more scheduled departures and seasonal flight routes are in full swing. So, whether you've been daydreaming of a beach holiday in Spain or an adventure to Mexico, take a look at our last-minute flight deals to find your ideal getaway.

Last-minute hotels

There's a whole bunch of last-minute hotel deals out there, whether you're looking for something closer to home or abroad. And there's a lot of variety too, from quirky treehouse accommodation and glamping pods to luxury beachside hotels and relaxing spa breaks.

With all this temptation at your fingertips, it's important to decide whether you're looking for a staycation or for something abroad, as well as whether you're looking to travel solo, as a family or as part of a larger group. No matter what you decide, there's bound to be a great last-minute hotel deal that'll suit your exact needs.

Last-minute package holidays

Often considered to be a stress-free option, a last-minute package holiday may be exactly what you've been searching for. A package holiday is one where your hotel and flights are included within the same price, which means you can make big savings too. Think city breaks, wellness retreats, beach holidays and much more.

For those travelling with children, it may be worth booking a last-minute all-inclusive holiday deal, which takes things one step further by including all food and drink - as well as activities for the kids. These holidays offer a whole lot of value no matter when you book them, but this is especially the case when you book last minute.

The best last-minute holiday destinations

One of the best things about booking a last-minute holiday deal has to be the fact that you get to be spontaneous and potentially land up going somewhere unexpected. That said, there are a few holiday destinations that come up again and again when it comes to last-minute deals - and for good reason!

All of these holiday destinations experience sunshine for most of the year, have great accommodation options for families and couples, plus there are loads of fun things to do once you're there. Here are our top recommendations for a last-minute getaway.

Last-minute holidays to Spain

If you’re looking for guaranteed sun, there’s no place better than Spain. Book a blissful last-minute beach getaway to Majorca or Tenerife, or choose an action-packed city break to Madrid or Barcelona.

You'll find plenty of last-minute deals to Spain all year round and, with a flight time of under two hours to most destinations, you'll be sipping sangria at the beach in no time at all.

Last-minute holidays to Greece

Greece and the Greek islands are the perfect place for a spontaneous last-minute holiday, especially for sunseekers. Opt for a city break in the historical centres of Athens and Thessaloniki, which offer a little something for everyone, from ancient ruins and museums to cafes and nightlife.

Prefer something near the world-renowned turquoise waters? Head to the Greek islands of Corfu, Santorini or Crete to spend your days relaxing by the coast instead. Many of the resorts here are family friendly, with lots of activities on offer for all ages.

Last-minute holidays to Turkey

Last-minute holidays to Turkey have never been more popular. From the mesmerising rock formations of Cappadocia to the glittering seaside city of Antalya, Turkey is a fantastic spot for a relaxing beach holiday, exploring a new city or stepping into nature.

With a flight time of around four hours, Turkey may seem like a rather long flight away, but it is well worth the journey as there's so much to see and do. Plus, it's a top choice for a family getaway thanks to family-friendly holiday resorts and year-round attractions.

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When should I book a last-minute holiday?

Although last-minute deals are available all year round, you’ll find the cheapest last-minute offers outside of the peak months of July and August. Fewer people take holidays in May and late September, so this is when you’ll be more likely to snag an affordable holiday deal - and you'll still experience warm weather in most destinations too!

Most of these last-minute deals will be for destinations within Europe, although you may occasionally find deals for more far-flung places too. Some long-haul destinations, such as Asia, don't experience the same peaks in demand as Europe, so it’s harder to know exactly when to look out for ultra-cheap last-minute offers.

We'd recommend checking back regularly if you have a particular destination in mind!

Why book a last-minute holiday?

The main advantage of booking a last-minute holiday is the savings. As travel dates get closer, travel companies and airlines will drop their prices to avoid having empty seats on flights or vacant hotel rooms.

If you're happy to be flexible about your destination, hotel and travel dates, you could end up getting a huge discount on the original price.

🏴‍☠️ Pirate tip: While booking last-minute flights and holidays can result in big savings, it generally doesn’t leave you much time to sort out passports and visas. Make sure that you have all the required up-to-date documents for your destination BEFORE you book.