Just wondered if anyone here has ever got their case packed, and gone to the airport and asked around the desks for any cheap holidays, ready to go anywhere that day?
I've heard that a couple of people have done this in the past and got some amazingly cheap deals simply because the tour operator would rather sell the holiday cheaply, rather than not at all.
I've just bought a house and really working to a budget this year, and this is something that really interests me. If so, something that might make it more difficult is the fact it has to be the half term week in October school hols. What are my chances of getting a good deal? Any ideas or help would be really appreciated!
I've heard of people doing that for flights, but not holidays. I know people that have gone to the travel agent in the morning with cases packed ready at home, booked somewhere, whatever was available and got a great deal and flown out that afternoon. I don't think it happens now though, or very rarely. You'd probably struggle in the school holidays as bookings seem to be strong so far this year. I think it's less common these days with reduced capacity making last minute deals less available and best prices often being available when booking in advance, and last minute deals (ie a few days to a few weeks before departure) advertised on the internet. You can always check out tour operator websites for last minute deals a few days before you want to go, you sometimes see some great deals. You'll also get them in local travel agents. You just need to be careful with allocation on arrival. I know some are really cheap and look inviting, and for some they work out perfect. But always bear in mind you could end up anywhere and have little argument with the tour company if the allocated accommodation is unsuitable for what you wanted.
Do you need school hols because you have kids or because that's the dates you're stuck with? Getting a cheap flight for 1 or 2 people will aways be easier than getting a suitable holiday for a whole family.
As an example First Choice had around 25 aircraft and Thomsonfly 51 aircraft at the height of the holiday boom Thomson Airways now has approx 62 (off the top of my head) some 14 less than a couple of years ago with the combined operation. I work for the aforementioned company and we get a good deal just before departure and I have requested a few of these deals all to varying destinations this last 10 months and got no where due to flights being full.
I needed to get to majorca on the spur of the moment when my dad had a heart attack over there. We jumped in the car and drove the 2 hours to Bristol with the intention of getting the next available plane over. Luckily Easy jet check-in was just closing a flight but got me (and my niece) on the plane as soon as I'd explained the situation. I'm afraid that's the only experience of 'just turning up at the airport' that I've had.
As you're talking about school holiday dates, I doubt you'd get any last min bargains. Good Luck anyway.
I think i'll just try and get a deal as late as possible from a travel agent or online.
I suppose consideration also needs to be given to such things as Advance Passenger Information which more and more authorities of countries require...so maybe people are a little more restricted with regard to turn up, book, fly packages.
Doesn't help the OP though as I doubt her/his local airport is Munich.
Maggiemay has a good point, we have seen and taken some good deals out of Glasgow for the October Half term week.
Why not post a topic in mid september and see what the HT bargainhunters can come up with ?
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