One of the first things that many people do is to check out websites online; you can enter keywords such as travel, budget, business, etc. Many of these sites offer last minute deals on traveling as there are times when people have no option but to cancel their plans on short notice. In order for companies such as hotels and airlines not to lose money they will offer plans at a considerable discount for last minute travelers. Keep in mind that many people are searching for the same things so you may need to act quickly when you see a good deal.
If you have to go on a business trip consider purchasing everything as a “bundle”; in other words look for deals that offer air fare, hotels and possibly rental cars for one low combined price. You can save yourself some time by checking online for travel deals and comparing several offers at one time.
It can also save you some money if you are willing to fly stand by for your next business trip or if you are willing to take a less elaborate or even a budget room at the hotel; they would rather give you a deal than risk losing a booking altogether. If your trip happens to be to a popular location but it is considered off season there you will also very likely be able to save quite a bit so be sure to include “off season” in a keyword search if it is applicable.
However, don’t just check out the bundle travel packages because there may be a hotel in the area that has lost a few bookings and is willing to make a good deal; the same thing holds true for airlines and rental car companies. If the trip is going to include several people you can also save money by everyone staying in the same hotel room or using the same rental car.
So, the next time you have to make plans at the last minute for business, don’t panic, get online and enter a few keywords or head over to some popular travel site and save some money.