BELLEVUE, WASH. – Labor Day weekend (2-3 September) is one of the busiest travel periods of the summer, spurring more air travel in 2016 than other midyear holidays such as Memorial Day and Independence Day1. A recent Expedia survey2 confirmed that nearly 25 percent of Americans plan to get out of town for Labor Day this year. To help travelers get in one last summer getaway, Expedia today released data on the busiest destinations and where to go for a great deal.
“Just because a destination is in-demand doesn’t necessarily mean travelers will pay a premium,” says Sarah Gavin, vice president of global communications, expedia. “Places like London are over 35 percent more popular this year, but roughly 15 percent less expensive. And when you combine that with the hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars you can save when you bundle your flight and hotel, that’s an incredible value.”
New York and Las Vegas Among Busiest Cities for Labor Day3
Expedia flight booking data suggests that these North American cities are shaping up to be the busiest destinations for Labor Day weekend:
- New York
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
The best deals for Labor Day weekend
Many destinations that are seeing a rise in popularity this year versus last year are actually less expensive. For example, while Las Vegas is twice as popular this year versus last year, it is 10 percent cheaper, as are Honolulu and Austin4.
Internationally, Reykjavik is seeing nearly twice the interest this year, but coming in around 25 percent cheaper this August compared to last. Similarly, Paris and Barcelona are experiencing rising demand yet represent a great deal for travelers, with savings of roughly 15 percent, respectively5.
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