15 Last-Minute Spring Break Deals You Can Book on Your Phone

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Ahhhh... Spring break bliss in Costa Rica can be yours for $106.61 per night, new findings show.

Everyone knows that procrastination typically doesn’t pay off. But it does if you’re still looking to book a spring break vacation this year.

Down to the wire and still hunting for a bargain? Check out these destinations first! For spring break, they have some of the lowest average hotel rates, according to new data from Priceline.com, whether you want to hit the beach, ski some fresh powder, or take advantage of sunny outdoor activities.

SUN

• Phoenix, AZ ($127.14)

• Charleston, SC ($131.89)

Austin, TX ($135.70)

Nashville, TN ($138.68)

Palm Springs, CA ($143.08)

SAND

Myrtle Beach, SC ($69.48)

Jacksonville, FL ($105.87)

Costa Rica ($106.61)

• Daytona Beach, FL ($137.09)

• Long Beach, CA ($146.01)

SNOW

• Salt Lake City, UT ($96.68)

• Toronto, ON ($98.49)

• St. Paul, MN ($111.01)

• Chicago, IL ($113.33)

Denver, CO ($136.46)

And we have even more intel on how to save big: The new way to find deals is bypassing your computer and relying solely on your mobile device. Priceline.com travel analyst Brian Ek says some of the site’s best deals on hotels, flights, and car rentals are available exclusively through its app, particularly for last-minute bookers. (If you don't have the app, download ithere for iPhone/iPad and here for Android.)

“For example, exclusive to the Priceline.com app are Tonight-Only deals,” Ek says. “Priceline.com adds hotel deals at up to 40 percent off daily at 11 a.m. that are available for same-day check in. When in the app, simply tap on the filter button and sort by ‘deals’ to bring all Tonight-Only deals up to the top of your search. You can book your stay up to four nights at the discounted rate.”

To maximize savings, Ek recommends bundling your hotel and flight together. However, the strategy to saving on hotels is the opposite of nabbing cheap airfare. While flights are cheaper more than 21 days in advance and rates typically increase as the travel day gets closer, hotels are the opposite, with rates dropping as check-in day approaches. Ek explains: “Booking more last-minute can score you extra savings since at the end of the day, many hotels have unsold rooms, and to offer those rooms up at a discount benefits both the hotel and the consumer.”

Procrastination has never felt so good!

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