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Last-Minute Family Vacation Flights

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Why Book Last-Minute Family Vacation Flights?

Looking to take your family away? It's never too late to jet off on a family vacation! Whether you’re feeling spontaneous or you’ve just been waiting for an irresistible late holiday deal, your next getaway could start right here.

If you’re looking for a cheap holiday, a late deal might be a good option, as flight rates can decrease nearer your departure date. This is usually due to airlines reducing their prices to make capacity if flights are left unbooked. Also, booking months in advance can be more stressful than making an impulsive booking due to finding the right dates and working out the best time for you to go away.


One of the top reasons why people book last-minute flights is due to emergencies. If you need to fly due to emergency reasons, you can easily and quickly book your last-minute one-way flight here at Alternative Airlines. Follow our step-by-step guide below that shows you how to search for and book last-minute one-way flights on our site.

Do you often feel like spontaneously booking a flight to your dream destination and spending as much time as you need with your family? Many people do! Last-minute flights are incredibly popular with those who want to drop everything and see the world. If you're free-spirited enough and ready to go on your next adventure, book your last-minute family vacation flights today at Alternative Airlines!

When booking with Alternative Airlines, the majority of our e-tickets are sent to you instantly or within 2 hours. However, please note that in some cases it might take up to 24 hours to receive your e-ticket.

Step 1 - Search for first-class flights

How to Buy Last-Minute Family Vacation Flights

Search for flights

Use Alternative Airlines' search form to find flights for the two destinations that you want to travel between and the dates you want to travel on

In this example, we've decided to search for last-minute flights with a departure date that is one day after booking.

Step 2 - Select last-minute flight that you want to book

How to Buy Last-Minute Family Vacation Flights

Pick your last-minute flight

We'll show you all available last-minute flights for the dates and destinations that you've selected. Scroll through the different flights and find the one right for you.

Once you've found the last minute flight that's right for you, click on it and confirm your selection to proceed.

Step 3 - Select a payment method at checkout and confirm booking

How to Buy Last-Minute Family Vacation Flights

Confirm your booking

Fill out the details of each passenger travelling and add any baggage/seats if necessary.

Once you've filled in all the details, select your preferred payment method to pay for your last-minute flights. You'll then be taken to the next page where you will finalise your payment. When payment has been made, your airline tickets will be purchased — it's that easy to buy last-minute family vacation flights at Alternative Airlines!

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Where to go on a last-minute family vacation?



Planning a family vacation can feel overwhelming, particularly when seeking a destination that caters to everyone's interests and keeps them entertained. This list of best family vacations includes something for everyone and will hopefully allow you to decide on where to go:


Last-Minute Flights to Greece

Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is the largest international airport in Greece. Here are the flight times and the different airlines that fly here:

  • Flight time from New York (JFK) to Greece (ATH) is around 10 hours on a direct flight
  • Flight time from London (LGW) to Greece (ATH) is around 4 hours on a direct flight

Airlines that fly to Greece:

British Airways, American Airlines, Easy Jet, Jet Blue, Ryan Air, United Airlines and Aegean Airlines.


Last-Minute Flights to the Caribbean

Princess Juliana International Airport is the main airport on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. Here are the flight times and the different airlines that fly here:

  • Flight time from Atlanta (ATL) to the Caribbean (SXM) is around 4 hours on a direct flight
  • Flight time from London (LHR) to the Caribbean (SXM) is around 11 hours and 30 minutes on a connecting flight

Airlines that fly to the Caribbean:

Virgin Atlantic, Delta, KLM, Air France, American Airlines, Jet Blue and WinAir

Last-Minute Flights to Dubai

Dubai International Airport is the primary and major international airport serving Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the world's busiest airport by international passenger traffic. Here are the flight times and the different airlines that fly here:

  • Flight time from Los Angeles (LAX) to Dubai (DXB) is around 15 hours and 10 minutes on a direct flight
  • Flight time from London (STN) to Dubai is around 7 hours on a direct flight

Airlines that fly to Dubai:

Emirates, British Airways, American Airlines, Qatar Airways, United Airlines, Delta and Saudia


Last-Minute Flights to the USA

Orlando International Airport is a primary international airport and the closest airport to Disney World. Here are the flight times and the different airlines that fly here:

  • Flight time from Miami (MIA) to Orlando (MCO) is around 1 hour 10 minutes on a direct flight
  • Flight time from London (LHR) to Orlando (MCO) is around 10 hours on a direct flight

Airlines that fly to the USA:

American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, KLM, Air Canada, JetBlue and many more.

Check out our page on Best Airlines for Family Travel to help you choose the correct flights.

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Last-Minute Flight Tips

We'd like to share some top tips and tricks for finding the cheapest last-minute flight deals with any airline. You'll want to consider which destinations you'd like to fly to, what dates you can fly and the time of your flight. Follow our tips below to find the right flight for you.



Flexible destinations

When searching for last-minute flights, we advise that you're open-minded about the destination that you travel to. By being flexible with the country you visit you can find some hidden gems at low prices.


Find the best time to fly

Sometimes you may have strict dates of when you can travel, such as during school holidays, or perhaps you would prefer to fly during the night to fit in with your baby's sleeping schedule. If you have a little more flexibility, why not find the cheapest day to fly using our best fare finder? Alternatively, read our blog on the cheapest day to find and book flights.

Night flights

A top tip when booking last-minute flights is to buy flights that depart late in the afternoon. Afternoon/evening flights tend to be cheaper than morning flights as it's usually less busy. If your children struggle to get to sleep on night flights check out our blog page on tips for travelling long haul with kids.

How to pay

We love to provide our customers with choice. Not only on the numerous airlines we can ticket (over 600!) but also a choice on how to pay. We offer 40+ payment options, so no matter where you are or where you fly, you can book any flight using the payment method that you want: payment methods and finance options such as KlarnaPayPal Credit or Affirm.

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FAQs

Where to buy last-minute family vacation flights?

You can buy last-minute flights here at Alternative Airlines. Follow our step-by-step guide above for a comprehensive overview of how to buy last-minute flights with Alternative Airlines.

Are last-minute flights cheaper?

Last-minute flights can be cheaper as the airline might sell its last remaining seats at a cheaper flight to fill the plane. However, this doesn't mean that last-minute flights are always cheaper. If you hold out until the last minute to purchase your flights because you think they'll be cheaper, you might end up disappointed.

Are family flight cheaper?

Yes, family flights can be cheaper. Making a flight reservation with multiple travellers can often get you a cheaper rate than booking a flight for just one person. Why not book flights for a family reunion and find great deals?

Why book last-minute flights?

Last-minute flights are perfect for people who need to travel in an emergency or for those who have flexible travel plans.