Sometimes you just need to get away fast. We found three excellent sites that offer last-minute travel deals:
1. Jetsetter — Clean design and easy navigation make this our go-to site for last-minute bookings. Jetsetter was sold to Tripadvisor in April of this year by fashion flash-sale company Gilt Groupe. Like its new parent company, it's loaded with helpful information, including a section devoted to holiday home rentals and a travel planner that lets you customize your trip. Hot Deal: Head straight to the Travel Deals section for their flash sales. Right now, a night at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is going for $230 instead of the usual $340.
2. Hotwire — Not quite as elegant as Jetsetter, Hotwire is Expedia's foray into the world of discount travel sites. Hot Deal: The site's Vacation Packages are a one-stop shop for the thrifty. A flight and hotel package to Cancun staying at the Westin (pictured) for 7 nights is $1,000 per person.
3. Last Minute Travel — Founded in 1996, this jam-packed site keeps the name of the hotel or airline a secret until you've booked. That's obviously not for everyone, but it does allow them to offer great discounts. Hot Deals: A four-night stay in a 5-star hotel in Cancun with a flight from Los Angeles goes for $674 per person. — Cerentha Harris