The Best Last-Minute Summer Travel Deals to Book Now

Flights to Hawai‘i from $119. Alaska cruises for $299. These flight, cruise, and hotel offers could still salvage your 2023 travel plans.

Lanikai Beach on O‘ahu with palm trees and green peaks in background

You can still score an amazing flight deal to the island of O‘ahu.

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With its long, sunny days, and kids out of school, summer is typically a busy season for travel. But jam-packed planes and sky-high airfares mean that many Americans aren’t able to plan for as much travel as they’d like this year.

Luckily, numerous travel companies, including airlines, cruises, and hotels, have recently launched promotions that could help customers realize their travel dreams this summer and fall. Here are the best travel deals we’ve spotted to hopefully inspire those future getaways.

Sunrise over Sydney Opera House and harbor

Air New Zealand’s flight deal could bring you to some of Australia’s most iconic destinations, like the Sydney Opera House.

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Flights to Australia starting at $1,195 round-trip

Air New Zealand is making it easier to get down under this summer. From now through August 6, the airline is running a sale on flights from North America (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, and Vancouver) to Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Perth, Hobart, and Cairns) for as little as $1,195.

35 percent off two of London’s top hotels

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is currently offering a Last Minute Escapes promotion, offering deals at two of London’s top-notch hotels: The Guardsman and Middle Eight. From now through July 31, travelers can score 35 percent off rooms by using the promo code: MKTFLASH.

40 percent off and fifth night free at select World of Hyatt hotels

World of Hyatt is offering hot summer discounts across its portfolio of luxury all-inclusive resorts globally. One of the most impressive deals is arguably at Secrets Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, which is offering 40 percent off all stays and the fifth night free for bookings made before July 31.

Save up to $500 on an EF Go Ahead Tours trip

Small group tour company EF Go Ahead Tours is running a Off-peak Escape Flash Sale through July 24, with discounts of up to $500 off on many of its trips. There are also ongoing last-minute specials, where travelers can save up to $600 on trips departing in the next few months.

Westminster Bridge in London and Big Ben viewed from river level

Norse Atlantic’s flight deal could take you to London for just $99 one-way.

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Norse Atlantic Airways flights for as little as $99

Heading to Europe this summer? Low-cost carrier Norse Atlantic Airways is offering deals on flights from certain U.S. cities (New York, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Orlando, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Miami) to European destinations (Oslo, London, Berlin, Paris, and Rome) for as little as $99 one-way in economy light. The deal is currently live and will go through Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 12:00 a.m. EDT.

Free upgrades at Marriott Bonvoy hotels and resorts

Marriott Bonvoy, one of the largest hotel chains in the world, is offering complimentary upgrades or discounts on suites for summer bookings made by July 31 for stays through September 4, 2023. To access the upgrade, use the promotional code HDK.

40 percent off Celebrity Cruises

If you’re dreaming of a trip to the Mediterranean, Alaska, or the Bahamas, Celebrity Cruises’ deal could make it a reality. Currently, the cruise company is offering 40 percent each guest and up to $200 in onboard credit for every sailing (excluding the Galapagos) for travel between now and April 30, 2025. The deal is available through July 23.

Stay in a Kimpton for up to 30 percent off

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ Long Weekend Away Sale is live through September 4. Available at all participating Kimpton hotels globally, guests can save between 15 and 25 percent on stays when they book three nights or more.

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Uniworld is now offering discounted river cruises around the world.

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Save on Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Travelers who book an all-inclusive, luxury river cruise with Uniworld can score up to $3,000 in savings. Some standout itineraries include:

Flights from the mainland with Hawaiian Airlines from $119

Whether you’re traveling from the mainland or Hawai‘i, airfare will be cheap—provided you book soon. Hawaiian Airlines is running a deal on one-way fares, with prices as low as $119 each way from Hawai‘i’s major airports to cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. To and from New York City, fares start at $270.

Save 15 percent on certain Trafalgar trips

Trafalgar, a guided tour company, is offering a deal for last-minute adventurers: up to 15 percent off trips that are less than four months away. Some exciting itineraries in the mix include:

Vail Resorts hotels at up to 20 percent off

OK, so Vail Resorts’ current deal isn’t exactly for a summer getaway, but you do need to book in the summer to take advantage of it. Vail Resorts is currently offering its Book Winter Early lodging sale, where travelers can save 15 percent on lodging across Vail Resorts’ portfolio (those who are Epic Pass Holders can receive 20 percent off). The sale ends on July 31.

This article was originally written in May 2023 and has since been updated with new information.

Bailey Berg is a freelance travel writer and editor, who covers breaking news, trends, tips, transportation, sustainability, the outdoors, and more. She was formerly the associate travel news editor at Afar. Her work can also be found in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, the Points Guy, Atlas Obscura, Vice, Thrillist, Men’s Journal, Architectural Digest, Forbes, Lonely Planet, and beyond.
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