I need to make a last minute travel. Its not optional, and last minute means I have one hour to book it and will be flying next day. I need to fly within Europe. Is there a fare search engine that specializes in this? Are there other options?

  • I just tried kayak.com, adioso.com and rome2rio.com for a flight from CDG-FRA 28th of DEC and return on 30 of DEC as a test, three of them gave me almost similar prices.. Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 19:37
  • @NeanDerThal I think that he means he wants to book a flight for the same day. Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 20:21
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    There are some booking sites, like lastminute.com, that specialize in last-minute travel, but there isn't a single booking site that is always going to return the lowest price for every route for every buyer in every country. Around 2006 I booked a $139 IAD-LAX round trip from united.com five days before travel, when every other site said nothing was available under $500.
    – choster
    Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 21:17
  • @NeanDerThal 28 Dec is over a month away, did you mean 28 Nov?
    – Calchas
    Commented Nov 28, 2015 at 4:39

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There's no special system for sub-1 hour travel. It's the same search algorithm, and the same rules. In that sense, use your usual favourites.

However, there is a big difference: you may find that many online travel agents will be reluctant to issue a ticket at less than one hour to departure: it leaves them with little time to sort out any problems if the ticket needs to be manually issued or if there is a payment problem.

Therefore I suggest going straight to the carriers' websites and checking there. If you know you have one hour you probably already know which flight you want. So it is really a case of checking on the carrier's site, and any major codeshare partners.

You should also be aware that many carriers will close their online check in at about 1 hour prior to departure and close the desk check in within a few minutes after that. So you do not typically have a lot of time to be worried about saving 50 Euros here or there. Your main worry with this kind of last minute travel is actually getting the ticket issued and checked in before the deadline.

  • Very good point regarding the 1 hour limit. It may not matter if you could get a deal if you can't check-in to the flight in time. Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 12:51

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