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Last Minute Flights

Looking to purchase flights at the last minute? Use Alternative Airlines to search for last minute flights from over 650 airlines.

What are last minute flights?

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Last minute flights are flights that are purchased close to the departure date and time of the flight. They're usually bought in the days or weeks leading up to the flight but, sometimes, can be bought on the day of or the day before the flight.

Last minute flights are perfect for people who need to travel in an emergency or for those who have flexible travel plans. While buying a flight last minute doesn't always guarantee a cheaper price, last minute flights can sometimes be cheaper than buying flights at other times, due to the airline's need to fill the plane.

Although the name 'last minute' might suggest that flights are purchased minutes before the flight is scheduled to depart, it's impossible to buy a flight in the minutes leading up to a flight as check-in will have already closed.

At 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.

How to buy last minute flights


Use Alternative Airlines' search form to search for flights from the two destinations that you want to travel between and enter the date that 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.

Alternative Airlines search bar with London to Frankfurt selected


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.

Alternative Airlines flight search result from London to Frankfurt


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

British Airways flight results for London to Frankfurt


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

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Once you've filled in all the details, select the preferred payment method to pay for your last minute flights. Once you've confirmed your select you'll be taken to the next page where you will finalise your payment. Once your payment has been finalised, your airline tickets will be purchased — it's that easy to buy last minute flights!

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Are last minute flights cheaper?

Last minute flights can be cheaper as the airline might sell its last remaining seats at a cheaper flight in order 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.

Why are last minute flights so expensive?

Last minute flights aren't always expensive. However, airlines might sometimes raise the price of a last minute flight as they know that some passengers are more willing to spend more if they are desperate for last minute travel. Additionally, last minute flights are commonly purchased by business travellers who generally are able to spend more on airfare than those flying for leisure.

Can you get last minute flight deals?

There aren't any specific last minute flight deals at Alternative Airlines. However, you can use any of applicable promo codes with you last minute flight on our offers page.

How do I find last minute flights?

To find last minute flights, use our search form at the top of the page. You can search for flights on the same day, next day or for any other time.

When to book last minute flights?

You can book last minute flights on any of the days leading up to your flight. However, it's worth noting that the longer you leave it, the more difficult it'll be to find a last minute flight that is suited to your travel needs.

Where to buy last minute flights?

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

Last Minute Flights to Las Vegas

The best airport to fly to in Las Vegas is McCarran International Airport. Here are some examples of airlines that you can get last minute flights on:

Last Minute Flights to New York

There are a number of airports you can get last minute flights to. These include Albany International Airport, Buffalo Niagara International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, New York JFK and Syracuse Hancock International. Here are some example airlines that you can get last minute flights to New York on:

Last Minute Flights to London

The two main international airports for flying to London are London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport. However, you can also fly to London Luton, London Stansted or London City Airport. These are the best airlines to buy last minute flights to London on :

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