Cheap Flight Tickets Last Minute

We musicians are so often in the clouds! I mean literally in the clouds, flying to rehearsal, concerts, masterclasses and back home. We need to get cheap flight tickets last minute all the time.

This might be the case when we go home for Christmas as well and play some near home concerts to spend time with our loved ones. So let us think about it for a moment.

Do you collect miles? Do you have any reduction in flight tickets? I don’t. And I often need tickets fast, last minute and cheap. So how do we find cheap airline tickets last minute?

Cheap Flight Tickets Last Minute

How often does it happen that we need to make arrangements last minute? This is not vacation but stress for us. Nowadays we do not have agents, but are our very own industry and brand, we are our own secretaries and offices and marketers. So booking flights to join a venture last minute is often something we have to deal with and quick.

But it is not that impossible at all to find cheap airline tickets last minute. First thing you need to check out is on google maps which one is the closest airport to where you need to go and whether you can travel from the airport with public transportation to the location. Google itself has some great ideas about flight tickets but it has no direct and thorough price comparison in real time.


google closest airportSo what you need to do is

use a free provider of real time price comparison as well as flight time comparison.

Often it is crucial for us to get somewhere at a certain time, not very much earlier or later.



I have tried lots of those search engines and found one that works perfectly in Europe, Canada and the States.

It is called Skyscanner.

skyscanner interfaceIt will ask for your origin and destination, but you can also enter the whole country to make an optimal comparison between schedules, prices and airports.

I often enter Italy as a whole and then the city I need to go to.


Train travels in Italy are cheap and often the best solution to a further away airport with better fares and schedules. But be sure to check out car rental options as well. Just use the link below:


Cheap airline tickets last minute deals – easy and fast

After entering your origin and destination you can choose between direct flights or including changing flights. Also, including nearby airports.


find cheap airline tickets last minute


Let me give you an example: I need to be in a small Bavarian town Monday afternoon.

So I look for flights that arrive in South East Germany on Monday morning. As I have to play in a Concert close to Venice Sunday afternoon, I choose North East Italy as a starting point and see what flights they offer.

I can filter and order for price or flight time.


I would love to arrive around 10 am Monday moselect a flightrning or around 10 pm Sunday night to get some sleep close by.

Moreover, I will look up all opportunities, see that sleeping in Bavaria is too expensive, take a night train to Rome, where there is a cheap flight early in the morning to another very cheap airport with enough time to get to where I need to go.

You need to compare trains and hotels as well. So make a list and decide for what works best for you. Be open for new ideas and enter broader areas. In the end of my example I had to go to central Italy, as from the North it cost too much.

It was cheaper to take a night train to Rome than to fly from the north and sleep in Bavaria. Just to let you see how you can save a lot of money.

Go and check out your own options by clicking ——>>>>> HERE

The Best comparison between travel agencies and flight companies

Now, Skyscanner also gives you the opportunity, once you clicked on the chosen solution, to decide whom to by your ticket from. It clearly states whether the offer comes from a travel agency or the
airline itself.

Often travel agencies offer cheaper tickets than the airlines do. That is because they hope you buy other services as well. A little like Ryanair. In the case below the airline is the cheapest.


cheap airline tickets dealsAfter choosing your flight and where to buy it from, Skyscanner sends you off to the airline or travel agency.
Sometimes prices will change a little, so be careful.
That is because of availability and real time purchases of other customers.


You can also put a notification on your chosen travel and not buy it yet. So you will be informed by Skyscanner via email when prices drop.

last minute cheap flight tickets


I love that feature as you can buy when it is actually cheapest. But that is of course if you have enough time to wait and compare.

If you need to buy your flight ticket now and fast, you need to act immediately on the cheapest and most suitable solution found for you.


Check out your options

Live light and travel light – last minute cheap flight ticket

Have your passport ready as sometimes you might be able to check-in online immediately.

All you need is a PayPal account or credit card and you have your flight booked. Easy and fast.

Most of the times it is possible to check in right away and get a mobile boarding ticket sent to your phone. So you do not need to print anything.

flight schedulNow all we have to do is pack and get to the airport on time. Be careful about which flight modality you chose. As you are sometimes allowed to only bring hand luggage with the smallest fare.

Restrictions vary from company to company, so be sure to read up on what you purchased.

Don’t forget earplugs for a relaxing sleep, comfortable traveling clothes, performing dress, flute, music stand and music sheets.

And that is already quite some luggage. So be sure to take only strictly necessary things. Like something warm or fresh to dress depending on where you go and a book to relax.


Tickets and restrictions

You will need your ticket when buying duty-free items in the airport so keep it handy. It might also be scanned for a free WiFi code in some airports (Zurich for example).

As to your hand luggage you need to follow strict rules:

Be sure to read about size and weight as they vary from airline to airline. Concerning liquids:

They have to be less than 100ml each and adding up to not more than 1 Lt in a reclosable transparent plastic bag.

get cheap airline tickets last minuteCell phones and laptops have to be taken out for security check, so keep them in easy reach.

No sharp objects are allowed and that is true also for the little screwdrivers we flutists use and nail manicure instruments.

I always keep my instrument in my hand luggage, as flutists are lucky that it fits. Then to be sure not to get sick on the flight, dress in layers.

Most of the airlines have very cold air con on their flights and I enjoy bringing a hood as I hate the cold air on my head. Some are very warm and dry.

If you have a low cost flight, be sure to buy water once you are through security, for example in a duty-free shop. (have your ticket ready!)


Season’s greeting and happy holidays


Now that you are all packed and ready to leave I can only wish you the very best of holidays, performances and warm welcome where ever you go with your cheap flight tickets last minute!

Don’t forget to check Skyscanner also for hotels and car hires as it has the best price/quality ratio there as well.

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20 thoughts on “Cheap Flight Tickets Last Minute”

  1. Hi Janie,

    Thanks for the informative and insightful article. Being a person who loves to travel your article means a lot to me.

    I always thought booking flight tickets at the last minute will cost a lot but your article is an eye-opener. Great insights and walk-through on finding the cheap flight tickets and I am unaware of this.

    Skyscanner sounds interesting. I am bookmarking your article for future references and you have given a great value in this article. You are saving people time, trouble and money!

    May I ask…

    What will be the best search engine for people from Asia?   

    • Thank you very much for your question, Paul. Unfortunately I have never tried skyscanner for Asia, but I know they also offer their services in Asian countries. They are proven reliable in Europe, Canada and the US, by me and my colleagues and we have no doubt that they have the same fantastic efficiency in Asia. If you try, please let us know,

      Best wishes and good travels,


  2. Hi Janie! Thank you for introducing me to Skyscanner. I’ll start using it right away. I’m glad I found your post.

    I had heard people telling me about a last minute cheap flight they found but I had never asked them how they found it because I didn’t travel that much. But life has changed and I’m now traveling frequently so I’ll need Skyscanner. 

  3. This is an awesome and exhaustive post on cheap flight tickets last minute. You have covered every single detail very clearly. Do you believe that this can be done on all countries? 

    I’ve booked cheap flight tickets and even get the good amount of cash back, but I booked it 2 months back!! Just one more question, when you say cheap ticket at last minute, do you mean it is cheaper than the rate what you get 1 week back? Or, is it the same amount? 

    Thanks for sharing this useful information. 

    • Thank you for asking, you are very welcome. Yes, this can be used in all countries. I just named the ones that I have experience in.
      The actual fare could be like two months ago or even cheaper or more expensive, it changes all the time. If you are looking for flights and have a few months in between I would advise you to get the alert and see how it goes. Then you can take what you believe is the cheapest moment. It is just that as we muscians never really have a lot of time to plan and often fly last minute, Skyscanner is the best to not overpay.
      I hope this helped you,
      Best wishes

  4. Hi Janie, these are some really great ideas on last-minute flight plans! I didn’t know about these methods. For someone who does as much flying as you do, it really important to have the right knowledge of making snap-to-it flight plans. It sounds like you are familiar with flight companies. Does Skyscanner help you find the type of flight you need based on what you’re carrying, or do you have to tell it the type of flight on your own? Thanks for all this information!

    • Thank you very much for your question, actually Skyscanner helps you find the perfect fit in flight schedule, origin, destination and fares. But you need to go through the actual booking process where you will be confronted with travel extras and restrictions from another company. So you’d have to do that in the second step. I always travel light, so my prices are the ones that skyscanner finds for you. If you need luggage, meals and priority, fares go up consistently.
      I hope this answered your question, happy to give you more detail if you need it,

  5. Hi Janie!

    I really enjoyed this post.

    Skyscanner reminds me a bit of Trivago where the website scans many hotel sites worldwide to find you the cheapest available price.

    Whenever we travel, always book plane tickets asap to get them at the lowest possible price. I didn’t know it was possible to find cheap tickets at the last second.

    I’m going to try this website next time we book plane tickets.

    Thanks for the tip! 🙂

    • Hi Dave, you are so right! It is like Trivago, booking or airbnb. Only you can actually pay less, not more, by using it!
      I am happy that you find it interesting, it works all over the world and you can just google it where ever you are.
      Let me know how it works out for you,
      Best wishes and safe travels

  6. Hi Janie, wow, great article, and so very informative! Had no idea it was so easy to book tickets that late, and it really does pay to shop around.

    I remember the days when you had to wait weeks for your tickets to be sent to you, only for them to sometimes be lost in the post (this happened to me and a friend of mine, both on different occasions and both from the same booking agency who subsequently demanded that we pay an extra £50 on top to get new ones sent. Hmm, very fishy).

    Fortunately, scammy companies can’t do this anymore now that we can all book online easily, and Skyscanner sounds like an amazing tool to help with this. Definitely bookmarking this page. Thanks 🙂

    • Dear Stefanie, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Yes, it has definetely become much easier to move around and book a flight. We are lucky to live in such fast developing times. Sorry to hear about your prior experiences and I am sure you will find everything you need with Skyscanner! They never disappointed me.
      All the best and safe travels,

  7. Excellent post!
    There are tons of helpful tips mentioned here that are valuable for flying.
    Skycanner certainly has consistently good deals.
    I can see how the process of being a musician and getting affordable flights quickly could be challenging. You break down a lot of useful tips for how to be prepared for your performance and enjoy the traveling to get there and back too.
    I did not know that in some airports a Wi-Fi code can only be given to people who have airport tickets for that airport.
    I will try out some of your tips the next time I am buying plane tickets.
    Thank you for sharing all of this helpful information!

    • Thank you, Jesse. We are very happy you found our article useful. Hopefully on your next travels you are going to remember us and enjoy the booking and journey! Thank you for letting us know. If you have any doubts or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us also on our social media accounts: facebook, twitter and pinterest.
      Best wishes and safe travels

  8. What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You for sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for information about the cheap flight tickets and when I landed on your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in detail.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for everyone who is interested in this topic.
    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to reading your new posts.)


  9. Hello Janie,
    thank you for these valuable tips! I didn’t know it was possible to find last minute flight tickets. I only knew last minute holiday offers from travel agencies.
    I always go straight to Ryanair or Easyjet or whoever flies to the destination we need. I didn’t know I could have it cheaper with Skyscanner. Same with booking, I always book accommodation straight at the booking portal so you are saying it is even cheaper via Skyscanner? That’s amazing!

    • Hi Lenka, thank you for visiting us! We appreciate your comment. With skyscanner you can actually compare all those airlines without checking them one by one and be sure to get the best deal! The same with hotels and accomodations. Just compare them all and choose the most convenient!
      We are very happy to have helped you out here and hope to see you again on our website!
      Let us know if you are looking for anything specific as we love to write new articles on topics that are effectively needed!

    • Thank you so much John, happy to be of help or at least inspiration. Moving around the world is one of the most rewarding things. Even better when you are sure to be doing it at the lowest price possible.
      So be sure to check out this link
      Have an awesome journey!


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