Kayak's Secret Magic 8 Ball Will Help You Discover a Cheap Last-Minute Vacation

Saturday, October 28 2017

Kayak's Secret 'Magic 8 Ball' Will Help You Discover a Cheap Last-Minute Vacation Emily Price, Gawker Media Oct 29, 2017, 12.26 AM IST Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Linkedin Reddit Image credit: Pexels


You have a little cash and a desire to go on a weekend trip, but no idea really where you want to go. Now Kayak can help. The app launched a new "Magic 8 Ball" feature this week that allows you to shake your iPhone or Android device to get a recommendation on where to go for a quick getaway.
Designed specifically for quick last-minute vacations, the app will always recommend a journey that is less than six hours away and involves flights that are less than $500 round trip with no more than one layover. The idea is that it's something you could do in a weekend, if you wanted to. Advertisement
To access the secret feature, shake your phone while you have the Kayak app open. When you do, a pop-up window will appear asking if you'd like to "Take a chance" and spin the globe. Screenshot:


I'm visiting family in North Carolina right now and when I spun I was offered a $282 road trip flight to Miami the first time I tried (no thanks) and then a $518 flight to Austin as a second option.



Depending on your financial situation, $500 is still a lot of cash to drop on a last-minute adventure, and you're still going to have to handle things like a hotel, transportation, and food once you get to that dream destination. That said, you're also looking at last-minute fares, which are pricey by nature. $282 round trip for a vacation in 3 days actually isn't the worst deal.
Even if you don't decide to bite the bullet and book that last-minute trip, the app feature could be a great way to get some inspiration for where you could potentially go on a future vacation on the cheap. If you can score a last-minute airfare deal that's pretty cheap, you can probably get something even cheaper if you're willing to book a few weeks or months in advance.