Plan a Last-Minute Getaway
A great way to get a deal on travel is to procrastinate. That's right. Hotels and airlines mark down prices to fill vacant rooms and empty seats. So if you're flexible about where you want to go, you can score deep discounts.
Smartertravel.com posts last-minute deals on airfare every Wednesday morning. Hotels.com updates its last-minute deals on lodging every Thursday, and you'll even find last-second deals on lastminute.com.
If you're looking for more than just a weekend getaway, see NextWeekVacations.com for last-minute vacation rentals. One reader wrote that his brother found a six-bedroom rental on North Carolina's Outer Banks for 40% off through this site.
For more tips on getting the best deals, see Summer Travel Bargins 2009.