March 22, 2013 15:15 ET

Last Minute Travel Tips Help Canadians Save Time & Money

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 22, 2013) - Everyone loves a deal, especially when it comes to big ticket items like travel. Canadians looking for a great last minute vacation can often expect airlines, hotels, and cruise ships to offer discounts two weeks before the travel date.

Expert agents at itravel2000 advise Canadian travellers that can be more flexible with their travel destination and timing can save the most in last minute travel, since weekday arrivals and departures are less in demand and harder to merchandise. Similar to peak travel months and seasons, weekend arrivals and departures are more desirable for many travellers, which tend to be at a greater cost for this demand. Another benefit to departing on weekdays is the lack of crowds which usually means less busy airports and hotel check-ins/check-outs, and also more choices in terms of airlines and rooms available. The rule of thumb is booking travel earlier in the week reap the most deals as prices will likely go up the closer the travel dates gets to the weekend.

Another helpful tip from the itravel2000 professionals is the secret weeks leading up to or after peak vacation periods. Great deals are to be had when booking just before or after March Break for instance, and the same can be said about travelling later on in September-November as summer comes to an end, and the back-to-school season begins. Early December and the month of January bring some of the best prices all year.

Alternatively, booking early has its own advantages of getting great deals for trips months in advance due to better availability on time of booking, and also the added travel extras like best seat selection options, and getting requests in for preferred hotel floor, and room view. In addition to having peace of mind that a vacation is booked and the time-consuming search is finally over, Canadian travellers also avoid running into issues with sold-out situations where space is limited or unavailable.

"Based on serving millions of Canadians on last minute and early bookings, our experienced travel agents have strong knowledge to pass along to our customers," Jonathan Carroll, president of itravel2000, explains. "Our travel industry experts provide helpful information that reassures Canadian travellers that they are making the right choice booking with itravel2000."

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