Money-saving tips for booking a last-minute vacation

The travel director of Travel and Leisure magazine shared her tips and tricks.

— -- Booking a last-minute vacation can be pricey, but there are ways to get away without breaking the bank.

Jacqui Gifford, the travel director of Travel and Leisure magazine, joined "Good Morning America" to share her expertise on how to cut costs for that spur-of-the moment trip.

When is the best time to book?

What are the best days and times to fly?

While Tuesday may be the best day to book a ticket, Gifford said the best days to depart are Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday -- either early in the morning or late at night.

Because people want to go away for the weekend, flights from a Friday to a Sunday are the most expensive. But flying on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually the cheapest.

Cheapest way to pay for flights

Gifford suggests if you're looking to save, use points and miles to pay for the flight. Sometimes when the airline releases seats in inventory, Gifford says travelers can get great last-minute deals using those miles. Additionally, you won't run into blackout dates when the airlines don't let you use your miles.

Cheapest travel destinations

Try a campground

Gifford says private campgrounds are a great way to see untouched travel spots. Hipcamp is a startup that creates new campsites by unlocking access to beautiful private lands such as nature preserves, farms and ranches. The company helps last-minute campers enjoy the great outdoors by pairing them with landowners who want to keep their property undeveloped with ecologically-minded campers. Some areas start at just $20 per night.

Use travel apps

HotelTonight, Hopper and Fareness can help customers save on last-minute planning in select cities around the world. There are also sites that show cheap flights by fielding data based on destination and dates.