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That probably depends on the airport. In general, they're not equipped at the gate to sell you a ticket, but it might be possible. If you got in early enough you could leave the secure area, go to the ticket desk, book a ticket (likely expensive) and then come back. The simplest answer might be to try to buy a ticket online, if it will let you, as soon as ...


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I might contribute some inside knowledge since I am working for a company which contributed the software for a major cheap-flight company. Generally the prices are determined by offer and the demand BUT there is another major variable (in fact several) in the game for short-booking. Statistics show that most (80%) last-minute bookers are in an important ...


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You don't have to bring a lot of warm clothing, but you have to pack sensibly. For example, a wick-dry inner, light natural fibre sweater, a down layer, and a windproof outer will do nicely. Hat, gloves, warm socks, and windproof pants (with long thermal underwear) would also be needed for that weather. A scarf is helpful to keep your neck warm and to cover ...


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Kayak allows 'today' flight searches. You should also be able to make bookings with airlines on their websites directly.


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Campsites for people who are walking mostly allow walk-on's, reserving some or even all their lots for people who walk. Most restrict staying to one night, which will suit you. And when carying your own tent and gear, you can also ask at farms and such for a place in their field or back-yard if you can not find a proper site. Hostels, both the YHA and the ...


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Minutes. All airlines still sell walk-up tickets, where you simply rock up to the airport and ask "a ticket for the next flight, please", although you will usually pay through the nose for the privilege. In the case of standby tickets, you may not even be able to purchase the ticket until check-in has closed, which may be as little as 30 minutes before ...


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I'd try priceline and do it during the week, not on a weekend. http://www.priceline.com/promo/name_your_own_price/flights/


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I don't believe they will get any cheaper in the last minute, because they can always bet on walk-in guests who just arrived from the airport. Hostels next to convention centers are always more expensive, and if you book further away you just give the money you saved to the taxi driver instead. I went to a convention in vegas a few years ago and did ...


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Most definitely Kayak - it's my number one stop for flights, be they a year ahead, or 5 hours from now. And they certainly support LCCs - I once used Kayak to work out that Miami to London was quite a bit more expensive than Miami to Dusseldorf, and find another way for the final leg. So I flew to Dusseldorf, trained to Cologne, went into a net cafe, found ...


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For last minute bookings buy opaque tickets online! There are a few sites for this like hotwire.com and priceline.com For what I know, airlines don't sell tickets at cheaper prices at the airport right before flights as they did years ago, because that would encourage the passengers to have this behavior. But selling opaque is a win-win situation: it fills ...


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Most airlines provide what's called Bereavement Fares which allows according to the site from 10 to 75% discount off the full fare. You can take a look at different airlines for the definitions. Some of them: Delta American Airlines BankRate's List EDIT I've tried looking at possible similar fares for the European Airlines (major ones) and I've not been ...


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When this question was originally asked (September 21st 2012), it was not possible to make a last-minute reservation on the Deutsche Bahn site. However I have just checked again (8th January 2013), and it is now possible. It should also be possible to book a CNL train three days in advance or less at Voyages-SNCF.com. I have just tried for a date in three ...


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I've been told by friends who have worked with cruise lines that you can always just try calling on the day, or the night before, and can often get an astonishing deal. (It doesn't always work, though.)


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Hotels, like most travel services, work very much on a supply-and-demand basis. If the demand is high, then prices will go up, and eventually hotels will sell out even at the higher prices. If the demand is low, prices do sometimes come down over time - although frequently the hotels themselves will not want to drop their prices below a certain level, ...


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While I can't find one off-hand, this feels very much like other accommodation questions. You're after last minute accommodation with a destination and number of people. I'd recommend trying Expedia, AirBnb, and consider booking.com and hostelbookers (they do sometimes have guesthouses or private rooms - it won't necessarily be in a dorm). You could also ...


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It depends on whether or not you have internet access. If you do, then you have the wealth of information on the internet to help you: As you asked "what to do if you arrive at your destination after a long journey only to learn that your intended accommodation, is either overbooked or non-existent." that means you will have probably less than 12 hours ...


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So I tweeted the source, Priceline to ask them. They just responded, with: Once you place an offer we search for a travel partner willing to accept your bid. You should get a response w/n 20 minutes. So you only have to wait around 20 minutes to know whether or not you should go looking for something else.


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Speaking from my experience. They're not going to reject it but they would tell you that there's no guarantee that you would get the visa in time because the person doing the paper is different than the person accepting the paper where you went to apply for the visa. If you explain to them nicely and ask for different options and prepare all the paper work ...


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You may or may not be able to buy at the gate and it's hard to predict whether you can or not. Your best bet would be to try buy one directly on the United App and you can also check in there. United is in terminal 7 and 8 at LAX. Most Santa Barbara flights leave from terminal 8. A 30 minute connection is doable, if you have no checked luggage and the ...


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You bring up a good point. Cancellation penalties are so different by property that its hard to really get a cancellation system going that would then allow you to fill rooms at the last minute. With that said though, there are sites like laterooms.com and lastminutetravel.com that you could check. In my travels, I've found that there is always a room ...


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As far as I know there is no such website or app that allows to book last-minute cheap flights. So you have to use any of the well-known services. In particular, the flight trip between Barcelona and Madrid (or viceversa) is known as "puente aereo" (literally "aerial bridge") and in general the cheapest company that operates this route is Vueling (13 flights ...


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May I add these two sites: AirBnB is for renting between individuals and has a lot of last minute deals. CouchSurfing is for hosting people by other people, so worse comes to worse there is a last minute section there!


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Airliners or staff tickets are not available to regular passengers, they are strictly available to employees of different airlines. Each airlines provides each employee with certain or unlimited number of free/discounted tickets each year/contract depending on the contract or level of the employee. In addition to that each airline may have a bilateral ...


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Adding options about how to travel in Sweden. (I guess you already went....) To see the aurora Abisko is probably the best place to be.There are two main ways of getting up there. You can go there by night train from Stockholm (which will likely be your entry point when flying from the US). The train passes Arlanda (the main airport) on its way north so no ...


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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 ...


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I'm assuming this is a revenue (paid) ticket, not a mileage award. You say that you booked economy because business was sold out. Since you are willing to buy business class, your travel agency or Etihad should be able to wait-list you now for business class. That way, if someone cancels, your upgrade would automatically clear, your travel agency will be ...


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I don't think such a thing exists, because unlike airline tickets or hotel rooms, train tickets aren't generally sold as a limited resource - for most European trains you can walk up to the station and buy a ticket 5 minutes before the train leaves, at full price. As these on-the-day tickets aren't usually tied to a particular train or seat, they also don't ...


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Last minute deals on train tickets are not generally allowed - for instance, such deals are prohibited by ORCATS (the inter-company ticket settlement system) rules in the UK. Discount tickets in the UK must be available from when reservations are first made available (normally 90 days before departure). This is why the prices rise, as the cheapest class of ...


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