A month ago I decided to go to Florida the week that my sister is taking her kids this summer. By the time she told me about the trip it was too late for me to put in my deposit with the group deal her and a friend of hers put together through some type of traveling company. I have a trip planned for my birthday this fall but would love to get away in the summer too. Plus I'd love to witness my young niece and nephew experience Orlando for the first time. I'm not a mom so I live vicariously through my sisters. Anyway, I told her that when I'm comfortable I'll just purchase a package for myself staying in the same hotel they are staying in. Last month when I went on Expedia.com to price the flight and hotel together it was $847. I checked it again yesterday and it was $770. I'm curious to know which way the price will fluctuate in the next few weeks when I'll be ready to purchase. I know most people usually plan their trips a bit far out in advance but is there an advantage in waiting for a last minute deal? Is it a good strategy for saving? I guess I'll find out by experience myself when I'm ready to purchase my trip. After I purchase I'll probably go on the site again about 2 weeks before to check the price for the same dates. I was just curious to know now if there is common knowledge about this and if someone makes it a habit of purchasing trips last minute and if it works to save money.