The 10 Best last-minute travel websites

Whether you fancy lounging on a beach or something a little more energetic, there are some great late holiday deals to be had

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1. Travel Republic

With around two million customers using the site to book their holidays, Travel Republic is bound to have some good deals. For its top destinations, such as Paris or the Costa Blanca, you could find flights for as little as £48, and the site also features a lowest-price guarantee, should you spot a better offer.

2. Directline Holidays

Directline offers a wide range of deals to destinations ranging from Bulgaria to Tunisia. A cursory glance at the website’s late-deals page throws up inviting offers such as seven days in Kos including flights for just £188 per person.

3. TravelZoo

With more than 26 million subscribers worldwide, Travelzoo features a host of deals ranging from trips abroad to day-long activities. Seven nights in a luxury spa in Crete this September comes up at £439, while people planning a trip to the capital should snap up the flash sale of Dirty Dancing tickets for just £39.50.

4. LastMinute

As the name would suggest, is brimming with choices and ideas for short-notice trips and, as the leading online retailer in UK travel, the site gets more than 1.65 million visitors a week. Package holidays (which are just the tip of the iceberg of what the site offers) include seven nights in Ibiza in a double apartment for £409 per person.

5. Conde Nast Traveller Secret Deals

This members-only site throws out flash deals for last-minute stays at high-end and boutique hotels around the world with savings of up to 70 per cent. Membership won’t cost you a penny, so you really have nothing to lose.

6. Explore!

This travel agency is a great first stop to scout for last-minute holidays with unforgettable experiences. Its tour of Turkey this autumn, which involves eight days of trekking, biking and kayaking around ancient Lycia, is going for £375 without flights.

7. Voyage Prive

A cleanly designed and easy-to-use site that pitches itself as a private travel club. You have to register (for free), but once in you will find great holiday deals and exclusive offers secured in advance by its experienced editors and negotiators.

8. Secret Escapes

You’ll find discounts of up to 70 per cent at Secret Escapes, which follows a similar model to Voyage Privé and Condé Nast Secret Traveller, offering flash sales to registered members. It’s a great place to scout high-end discount holidays and the customer service of the site has been praised as excellent.

9. Best at Travel

This company’s central London call centre means someone is always on hand to help you out. It has a good range on non-European deals, such as seven nights all-inclusive in Tobago, with British Airways flights, for £929 per person.

10. Bownty

For those looking to do a broad trawl, Bownty is an excellent place to start. The site aggregates deals from a range of travel sites, including many on this list, meaning you can quickly skim through hundreds of available offers.

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