3 Websites Every Novice Traveler Should Bookmark If They Want to Score Last-Minute Deals

Long weekends are glorious, right? But they’re a heck of a lot better if you’ve got grand plans that involve the beach/pool/spa. If only it were easy to lock down 11th hour travel plans and capitalize on savings at the same time. It is—with the help of these three wallet-friendly websites.

5 Ways to Save on Long Weekend Travel

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Hotel Tonight

This website (and corresponding app) allows you to get a significant discount by booking same-day deals at hotels around the country. And, no, we’re not talking about slumming it at the local motel. Hotel options range from “basic” to “luxe” and savings can be as high as 50 percent off the going rate.

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Google Flights

It’s the ultimate aggregator of every single flight on the internet and the best way to be sure you truly lock down a budget-friendly rate for your long weekend escape. In typical Google fashion, this website offers a user experience that’s tough to beat. Simply plug in your travel dates, the number of passengers and your destination. No guesswork required.

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The Flight Deal

For the more spontaneous traveler, this daily deal site is your go-to. In fact, it’s worth taking a gander every morning—especially leading up to your travel dates of choice—to see all the last-minute discounts you can snag. A couple of current examples: A roundtrip flight from NYC to Hawaii is only $536 (taxes included). Or a roundtrip ticket from Phoenix, Arizona, to Colombia is just $395. The caveat: You have to book fast since deals get snapped up quick.

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