Travelocity Data Finds Prices To Beat For Labor Day Travel, Most Popular Destinations Average Airfares and Hotel Rates Inch Higher as Americans Plan to Celebrate the End of Summer

SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As Labor Day quickly approaches and summer comes to a close, people around the country are considering one last getaway before the weather turns colder, days draw shorter and the kids head back to school. Utilizing its booking data, Travelocity found the average cost of a domestic round trip ticket is $335 for Labor Day weekend. Average daily rates for domestic hotel stays are averaging $171.

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Across the board, the cost of travel this Labor Day is up. Domestic fares have moderately risen 1 percent over the same period last year. Hotel average daily rates have shown a more substantial increase, with domestic rates up 12 percent year-over-year.

"Labor Day is the prime weekend for travelers to sneak in one last trip for the summer," says Courtney Scott, senior editor at Travelocity. "Travelers should consider the average airfares and hotel rates outlined by our data as the 'prices to beat.' If they are planning to travel and see a deal, they should not hesitate to book it; prices fluctuate frequently and are likely to increase as the holiday approaches."

Top 10 Most Popular Destinations for Labor Day Weekend

According to Travelocity's booking data, the top destinations for Labor Day 2013 include major cultural centers like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as popular beach and family entertainment locales including Orlando and South Florida. New to the top 10 list this year is Boston, one of America's best cities for historical sightseeing, while Las Vegas fell from number 6 to number 10 and Washington, D.C. fell out of the top 10 entirely.

"Package deals (flight + hotel) are a great way to offset rising travel costs," says Scott. "Booking your flight and hotel together can allow travelers to save up to hundreds of dollars more than by booking separately."

The full top 10 rankings of Labor Day destinations are as follows:

Top Destinations

Average Airfare

Average Daily Rate

1.    New York City

$306

$252

2.    Denver

$275

$98

3.    Seattle

$360

$201

4.    Los Angeles

$309

$154

5.    Chicago

$294

$101

6.    Orlando

$268

$104

7.    San Francisco

$330

$242

8.    South Florida

$288

$197

9.    Boston

$291

$213

10.  Las Vegas

$331

$150

To celebrate Labor Day, Travelocity is offering travelers a chance to save with its Love Long Weekends Sale! Book your vacation package before September 1, 2013 for travel between August 29 - September 3, 2013 to save up to 50 percent on featured offers!

For more tips and advice about summer travel visit Travelocity's Window Seat blog.

About Travelocity
Travelocity wants to inspire you to Go & Smell the Roses! Travelocity helps make your traveling experience memorable with innovative apps, competitive prices and 24/7 customer service. Travelocity believes that travel makes us better and is dedicated to being the traveler's kindred spirit – a travel companion and a travel instigator, roaming the world beside travelers everywhere. Travelocity provides discounts on Hotels, Flights, Vacation Packages, Cruises and Rental Cars.

About Travelocity Global
Travelocity Global is one of the world's largest travel companies, serving the needs of travelers from all walks of life. Based in Southlake (Dallas/Fort Worth), Texas, with offices and customer care centers around the world, Travelocity Global owns and operates: Travelocity® in North America; lastminute.com, a leader in European online travel; The Travelocity Partner Network; and igougo.com, a leading online travel community. Travelocity Global is owned by Sabre Holdings, a global technology company whose innovative technology is used by more than a billion people around the world to plan, book and get to their destination at a time and price that's right for them.

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