Last Minute Travel Deals to South Padre Island
First, know that there aren't any flights directly to South Padre Island. This confuses many people who try plan last minute flights to South Padre Island. The closest airport is Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport at 20 miles away. (Car, taxi, or hotel shuttle will get you the rest of the way.) If you're having problems finding flights through here, you may have to consider alternate airports.
That said, head to Priceline.com's special page for last minute deals. They typically include a combination of airfare and hotel room from providers looking to fill their airplanes and hotels at the last minute. Simply choose your destination of South Padre Island, where you're leaving from, and your travel dates. Priceline scours the Internet for the South Padre Island travel deals that best meet your criteria.
One place you may forget to look for travel deals is Southwest Airlines. It's generally known that Southwest doesn't advertise its specials on search aggregators like Orbitz.com and like Expedia.com. You have to go to their website to find last minute travel deals to South Padre Island.
Spring break typically draws huge crowds of college students to South Padre Island, and 2011 is sure to be no exception. The island's 2011 spring break events will surely mean that March airfares will be higher. Of course, that's also going to spell disaster for those who decide at the last minute to find flights to and accommodations in South Padre Island during March's spring break activities.
Do not be surprised if you can't find many cheap flights or last minute travel deals to South Padre Island during this time. If you're persistent, you may be able to find cheaper flights to other Texas cities like San Antonio and Corpus Christi and then drive to the island. If you have money -- and some luck -- you may also be able to find a South Padre Island vacation rental still available.
Finally, families and individuals alike can get some excellent general last minute travel tips by checking out AOL Travel contributor Terry Ward's piece on how to find last minute travel deals.
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