Expedia Analysis Reveals Americans Tend to Wait to Last Minute to Book Labor Day Travel

Las Vegas, New York City and Cancun Top List of Most Popular Labor Day Destinations in 2015; Travelers Can Save 50% on Select Hotels with Expedia.com "End of Summer Flash Coupon Sale"

Aug 06, 2015, 08:00 ET from Expedia.com

BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With the unofficial end of summer approaching, data analysts at Expedia.com®, one of the world's largest full-service online travel sites1, have unveiled noteworthy trends for the 2015 Labor Day holiday. In addition to identifying hot spots and top under-the-radar destinations, the team analyzed 2014 Labor Day holiday booking data and found that a mere 20% of eventual Labor Day travel accommodations had been booked in July 2014, making Labor Day a top last-minute booking holiday. In response, this year Expedia.com is offering last minute travelers the opportunity to save an additional 50% on select 4 and 5 star hotels, via Expedia's new End of Summer Flash Coupon.

Top Destinations for Labor Day 2015*
Expedia flight booking data suggests that many travelers are skipping the beach this year and opting to escape to more urban locales across North America.

Rank

Destination



1)

Las Vegas

2)

New York City – average flight prices down 7%

3)

Cancun – average flight prices down more than 10%

4)

Orlando – average flight prices down 5%

5)

Chicago

6)

Los Angeles – average flight prices down 9%

7)

San Francisco

8)

Miami – average flight prices down more than 10%

9)

Seattle

10)

Washington, D.C. – average flight prices down 9%

 

Europe is Sizzling Hot This Summer
Internationally, Americans are taking advantage of favorable currency exchange rates by cashing in on hotel deals across Europe. Foreign markets seeing a rise in demand include Barcelona, Spain, where average daily hotel rates (ADR) in U.S. Dollars are down more than 20%, and Florence, Italy, where average daily rates are down more than 5%.

Other popular international destinations for Labor Day 2015 include Paris, London and Rome. Expedia and the Airline Reporting Corporation recently determined that travelers booking summer trips both to international and domestic destinations can enjoy package savings – defined as booking your hotel and air together – up to 30%, or $648, on average.

"The favorable exchange rates we've seen this summer are a welcome relief for travelers looking to experience Europe," says Expedia Senior Editor Ingrid Belobradic. "Coupled with the already great promotions available, we're seeing opportunities for strong savings this Labor Day across international and domestic destinations."

Great Deals For Labor Day
Expedia data also revealed flight deals for travelers looking to trek across the globe:

Top Deals Destinations for Labor Day 2015

Rank

Destination

Average Ticket Price (ATP): 2015 from 2014

1)

Toronto

-27%

2)

Mexico City

-25%

3)

Cleveland

-22%

4)

Houston


5)

Paris


 

Standout hotel deals for Labor Day weekend in these international cities include: Hotel Victoria in Toronto for $124 per night; Zocalo Central Mexico City for $106 per night in downtown Mexico City; the DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown - Lakeside in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, for $154 per night; Club Quarters in Houston, Texas for $89 per night; and Hôtel Concorde Montparnasse in Paris for a mere $166 per night.

Expedia.com End of Summer Flash Coupon Sale
To help travelers secure top deals on last-minute Labor Day plans, Expedia is launching a limited time End of Summer Flash Coupon**, for 24 hours on August 21 only, offering deep discounts on accommodations. In six featured destinations, visitors to Expedia.com will be offered a limited quantity of coupons for an additional 50% off on the Expedia mobile app on select 4 and 5 stars hotels in Las Vegas, Cancun, New York City, Chicago, Paris and Orlando. Consumers can access the sale by visiting this link on Expedia.com on August 21. 

*All flight data based on searches between January to July 22, 2014 and 2015.

About Expedia.com
Expedia.com is one of the world's largest full service travel sites1, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. Expedia.com (http://www.expedia.com/, 1-800-EXPEDIA) aims to provide the latest technology and the widest selection of top vacation destinations, cheap tickets, hotel deals, car rentals, destination weddings, cruise deals and in-destination activities, attractions, services and travel apps. With the Expedia Best Price Guarantee, Expedia.com customers can get the best rates available online for all types of travel.

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1Based on a comparison of other full-service online travel agencies, defined as those providing booking and services related to air, hotel, cruise, car and activities to a global customer base. Data based on comScore Media Metrix for Expedia, Inc. Sites, Worldwide, Average Monthly Unique Visitors, Oct '12-Sept '13.

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