The Last-Chance Saloon

THIS WEEK'S BEST LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY BUYS
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Blackpool

Now is a good time to take advantage of Virgin Trains' (0870 7891234) promotion today, Kid's go Flea (in conjunction with the launch of the film A Bug's Life on video), whereby two children travel free to (right) with each full-fare paying adult.

A train to leaves from Birmingham New Street at 6.05 this evening, getting in to at 8.28pm. Once there you can let the kids stretch their legs on the famous white-knuckle rides at the Pleasure Beach (01253 341033). The return train leaves tomorrow from at 10.43am.

San Francisco

Flightbookers (0171-757 2301) has flights to San Francisco available tomorrow on United Airlines. The plane departs from Heathrow at 9am and arrives at 11.55am, local time. From there, Flightbookers can arrange accommodation at the Ramada Union Hotel for pounds 43 per person, per night, based on two sharing. The total cost is pounds 903 per person for nine nights, returning on 31 August. But you must get along to Flightbookers at 177 Tottenham Court Road, London, this afternoon.

Paris

Shortbreaks (0181-402 0007), has a three-night stay in Paris going for pounds 144 per person, based on two sharing. The price includes a return on Eurostar and room at the three-star Hotel Aulivia.

Scotland

Today is the last chance to take advantage of the long-distance rail bargain of the summer. GNER (0345 225 225) has an After Eight deal on East Coast mainline services from Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh to London King's Cross. For a single fare of pounds 12 you can travel on any service that departs after 8pm.

Washington

Trailfinders (0171-937 5400) has a flight to Washington on North West Airlines for pounds 296.50. It departs at 3.15pm on Wednesday from Gatwick and returns on Sept 1.

Hong Kong

Travelbag (0171-287 5558) can put together a 12-night package to Hong Kong for pounds 741.30 per person. The British Airways flights depart at 9.30pm Thursday from Heathrow.

Dominic Long

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