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You don't have to seek out some special place for last minute deals. There are plenty of websites that do this - just search for "last minute deals". Alternatively, you can just go to your favourite airline's website and see where you can go tomorrow within your budget, then go to your favourite hotel chain's website and see what they have for that ...


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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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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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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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If you google 'last minute travel deals', you'll find plenty of sites, including lastminute.com, which have deals like this. I also subscribe to travelzoo, they have a last minute section too (eg for the UK), where I once got a crazy cheap flight from London to Vancouver, Canada with mere days of notice.


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The most flexible search engine I've used to find flights is Adioso. You start by selecting your origin airport, then: Destination, which you can either select from cities, or airports, up to whole regions or continents. Departure date, which can be specific date or ranges, including entire months, or even anytime. Trip length to exactly or about some ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Yes, in that the major options, Kayak, Hotels.com, AirBnB, Expedia, etc. don't do anything to prevent making last minute bookings. They are not at all uncommon. The one that might the trickiest to use would be AirBnB if the Host is not available on short notice. But they very often are. Very, very rarely would a property turn down a walk-in if rooms are ...


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(I've been working adjunct to the airline industry for 20 years--those check-in kiosks you see? That--along with some other team members, of course--was I, starting in 1996, with the first fully successful kiosks fielded for NorthWest Airlines in February of 1997.) So, for this: the numbers won't work. In general, check-ins (never mind purchases) are ...


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I tend to use SkyScanner to search for flights- it will let you choose where you fly from/ to (airport/ city/ country, etc) or you can specify where you want to fly from, and leave the destination empty to search for all flights from that location. I have found some pretty good deals through there- UK to various places in Europe for under £100 return, London ...


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HotWire etc target travellers who are booking late, but are still sort-of booking in advance. Another new service that is geared towards even more last minute bookings is Hotel Tonight, which I've heard from online reviews (n.b. no personal experience or recommendations) gives even better discoutns because it's targetting that niche and hotels are happy to ...


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Most tickets sold from bahn.de are print at home tickets (called Online-Tickets by the German Railways) and can be bought until shortly before departure. The Online-Tickets are however not accepted in all trains, especially international trains, e.g. the CityNightLine trains to France. If you want to order a ticket on bahn.de for an itinerary with at least ...


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