Last-minute holiday travel bookings at a discount

June 28, 2011 2:00:56 PM PDT
A three-day weekend awaits thanks to the independence day holiday. With gas prices not nearly as high as many feared, you may be kicking yourself for not booking a July 4th getaway. But there are still some last-minute holiday travel deals to be found.

AAA says 39 million Americans will hit the road for the July 4th holiday 2.5% less than last year.

In the skies, George Hobica of says airlines may still have a few July 4th sales up their sleeves, especially on heavily-serviced routes with a lot of competition, to and from cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

"I always advise people, if you look at an airfare on a particular route and you think it's really way out of your budget, come back a day later, a couple days later, an hour later and look again, you may be surprised, because fares yo-yo all the time," Hobica says.

The hot July 4th budget destinations are, well, hot. Think Las Vegas and other warm-weather hubs that may not be as desirable to tourists in July.

And whether you've already booked a weekend hotel stay, or you're looking for one, the drop in the number of expected travelers, may have sent some rates lower too.

Go back and look at the hotel rate and you may discover you can get the same room for less money. You can go back, cancel your reservation and rebook it at the lower room rate.

And don't forget to harness the power of social media. Many airlines have taken to announcing last-minute sales on Twitter.