|by Thomas Berger||Hotels||25|
Made Labor Day travel plans yet? If not, these last-minute offers may be of interest.
Expedia has 174 deals for the holiday weekend; hotels are up to 50 percent off (most are 30 to 40 percent off). Note that the phrase used is "Hotel from": The "from" is important, because the rooms at the best rate may sell out, and then you will see a higher rate. For example, the W New Orleans is listed as "from $62" if you stay three nights, but the best rate as I'm posting this is $397 for three nights, not $186.
CheapTicketLinks has a page of Labor Day deal links, and their "Top Deals" of the day section (not limited to Labor Day) is searchable by category (cruises, hotels, car rentals, and packages).
Travelzoo has end-of-summer specials, most of which end right around Labor Day. For example, they have a Bahamas deal with the third night free at an all-inclusive in the Bahamas and rates for the two nights you pay for from $125 a night.
CruiseCompete has gathered together all of its cruises that include Labor Day; there's a lot to wade through. They do have a five-night Caribbean cruise that sails from Fort Lauderdale and starts at $330.
Don't forget to check lastminutedeals.com, and if you're on Twitter consider signing up for the feeds of your favorite companies such as Priceline, and JetBlue. Or become a fan of your favorite companies on Facebook, finding their pages by searching on their names. Companies often use these social networking tools to get the word out about special offers.