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1. time is it hard to make last minute flights & hotel reservations - Thailand Forum
1. time is it hard to make last minute flights & hotel reservations? Yes, it CAN be done...but unlike other kinds of product or service, air travel as a *general* general is NOT going to be less expensive when the date of your flight approaches.... Similarly, carriers do not often use "fire sale" fares to last minute sales of unsellable places.... and could/would thus erode their attempts to persuade customers to make early bookings and bind themselves.
Hotel history can be a little different.... There are some who are offering last-minute offers or ROH (Run Of the House) promotions... but again, the overall risks you run when you book late(r) are that things might be out of stock, or that offers just won't come off.... In contrast to hotel services, in times of low traffic, airline companies can reduce the number of flights they operate, use smaller planes, etc. (and do so very aggressively now), so that they are not obliged to use empty planes....
On the other hand, a hotel cannot really make itself smaller or larger. So IF you feel good and can take the chance that tariffs don't get cheaper - just higher, and/or that the dates/time you want are out of stock, that could be an option - but again, just realise the game' s inherent dangers.
A last-minute flight app
Travellers who appreciate the instantaneousness of hotel Tonight will be pleased to know that the last-minute reservation gameplay has been extended to include the use of airlines' applications. Hopper's flagship product, Tonight, is a new online solution for travellers who want to find the cheapest way to travel from a local aerodrome within 24hrs using a unique discovery tool.
If, for example, the long Friday luncheon turns into a long week-end, a scan of the application would result in flights starting later in the day, early in the day and at dark. Searching for a lucky happy hours flight could show flights arriving later in the day and those departing early the next day. During the first few week, the application appeared on flights on some favorite itineraries, such as Dallas to Denver or Houston to New Orleans, for less than $200, said Patrick Surry, Hopper's lead analyst, in an e-mail.
While Hopper does not bargain with airline operators to provide a discount rate to passengers (as does Tonight hotels with airline operators), the operator is interested in targeting airline operators with the concept, Mr Surry said, as it could be useful in eliminating residual stock. The Flight Tonight contains information on internal and national flights and is currently available on iPhone 7 units and in Apple application stores in the USA and Canada.
Hopper has also recently launched a long haul travel feature on its website, Hopper Explorer, which informs passengers about everyday flights, classifies tariffs by suitability (the least 25 per cent of flights on this route) or suitability (the least 10 per cent of flights on this route), and provides maps for comparing by destinations.