Last-Minute Travel Deals for New Year's Eve Available

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Last-minute travel deals for New Year's Eve or after-Christmas visits are available for travelers who are willing to do things a bit differently.

Consumer Reports offers some tried and true tips for those seeking those last-minute travel deals.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday are typically the least expensive days to fly. Flexible travelers typically score the best last-minute travel deals.

The Travel Channel reports that traveling on a holiday--for example, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day--often results in last-minute travel deals of up to 50 percent off the price of flights.

Flying in or out of an alternative airport can often result in big savings on airfare. Again, flexibility is key when scoring last-minute travel deals. If you're willing to drive a few extra miles to catch that fly, those miles can translate into big savings. Be sure to check multiple airports when looking for flights.

Consumer Reports writes, "Check prices (on flights) at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday; that's when the greatest number of cheap seats might be available. But bargains can appear at any time, so keep searching and set up alerts that will send you an e-mail or text message when prices on your route drop."

In a recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports, only 28 percent of travelers haggled with hotels for a lower rate or an upgrade. Of that 28 percent, however, 78 percent scored that upgrade or lower nightly rate. Don't be afraid to haggle when seeking those last-minute travel deals.

Are you looking for a few days away now that Christmas is over? Where might you fly off to when scoring your last-minute travel deals?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.