Do you have family suddenly demanding that you visit for Christmas? Worry not, an impromptu trip doesn't have to break the bank. In fact, they're pretty easy to come by.
For the purpose of this article, we're going to assume that you're traveling by plane this holiday season. Thankfully, air travel is coming down in price already thanks to a decrease in fuel costs. Outside of normal market factors, travelers can get even better deals if they're willing to remain vigilant.
The first step is to watch various social media accounts. For general deals, be sure to check out @airfarewatchdog. The account regularly posts cheap flights from various airlines. If you want more specific airlines, be sure to follow each airlines' Twitter account. The airlines will regularly post deals and when canceled flights are available:
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) November 28, 2014
For some, scouring social media may not be the most effective option when looking for last-minute travel deals. For those people, it's better to use sites dedicated to finding deals. One such site is Travelzoo - a site that finds cheap flights between American cities for less than $100. Another site - TravelPirates - will find flyers cheap round trip deals between an American city and a foreign country for way less than the usual cost.
As long as you're willing to remain vigilant and maybe even make a few sacrifices (such as leaving on early morning flight); you're going to find some good last-minute travel deals this holiday season.[h/t: ibtimes]