Chicago, Philadelphia and Hawaii Are Big Winners On's List Of Top 50 Destinations For Labor Day 2012

Aug 22, 2012, 16:01 ET from

NORWALK, Conn., Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --'s (Nasdaq: PCLN) annual list of top Labor Day destinations is out, and this year there are some surprises for Summer's last long weekend (September 1-3).  After finishing runner-up to New York's Midtown West on last year's Labor Day list, Chicago's North Michigan Ave./River North neighborhood was the #1 most popular destination for 2012.  Midtown West slipped to #2, while the Las Vegas North Strip area was #3, the same spot it was in last year.

Philadelphia was probably the biggest surprise.  It failed to make the list for Labor Day 2011.  This year, four Philly neighborhoods appeared on the list.  Hawaii was another destination that didn't appear last year.  For Labor Day 2012, Waikiki Beach and Ka'anapali/Lahaina were among the top 50 Labor Day destinations.

Priceline's Top 50 Labor Day list is based on a combination of thousands of hotel room booking requests made on's Name Your Own Price® hotel service and bookings made through's new Express Deals(sm) hotel service for the upcoming holiday.  Because the survey is based on actual bookings and booking requests, and not on consumer preference polls or votes, believes its annual survey is one of the more accurate predictors of Labor Day travel trends.

Express Deals is's family-friendly hotel booking option for guests who need specific amenities, like a pool or certain bed type, along with that famous discount of up to 45%.  Unlike Name Your Own Price, customers using Express Deals see their amenities up-front and don't have to bid to get their discount.  The name of the hotel is revealed after the transaction is completed. said it still has plenty of last-minute airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages, tours and attractions, and cruises available for Labor Day getaways. Last-minute travelers also can book hotel rooms and rental cars using the Priceline Hotel Negotiator app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android. The app can be downloaded for free from the Android market  It can also be downloaded for free from the iTunes store  

This year, no European cities made Priceline's Top 50 Labor Day list.  "It appears that the Olympics hype and favorable exchange rates didn't do enough to offset high international airfares for the holiday," said Brian Ek, Priceline's in-house Travel Ekspert.  "Major U.S. cities, however, are going to be crowded over the long weekend, as visitors get in their back-to-school and Fall shopping, and enjoy the restaurants, theaters and museums."

Priceline's Top 50 Destinations for Labor Day 2012




Chicago, North Michigan Avenue/River North Area


New York City, Midtown West


Las Vegas, Strip North Area


San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf


New York City, Upper East Side


Seattle, Downtown/Pike Place


Chicago, Millennium Park/Loop & Grant Park


Seattle, Seattle Center/Space Needle


New York City, Times Square/Theater District


Las Vegas, Strip Vicinity South


Niagara Falls, St. Catharines


New Orleans, French Quarter


Oahu, Waikiki Beach Area


Chicago, Greater Chicago Area


Atlantic City, Atlantic City/Cape May


Boston, Waterfront, Convention Center


New York City, Midtown East


Niagara Falls, Buffalo


Montreal, City Centre


Seattle, Airport Area


Atlanta, Buckhead Area


Portland, Downtown


Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Square/Business District


Atlanta, Downtown


Austin, Downtown


San Diego, Coronado


San Francisco, Union Square East


Las Vegas, Fremont Square Vicinity


St. Louis, Downtown


Boston, Harbor Front/Aquarium


Boston, Copley Square/Back Bay


San Francisco, SOMA/Moscone Center


Virginia Beach


Savannah, Historic Savannah & Riverfront


Orange County, Disneyland & Anaheim North


Philadelphia, Convention Center/Mid Center City


Philadelphia, Museum District


Seattle, Lake Union


Providence, Downtown


Toronto, Downtown North


Santa Barbara




Monterey, Marina/Seaside


New York City, Central Park South


Maui, Ka'anapali/Lahaina


Los Angeles, Downtown


Las Vegas, Boulder Strip


Philadelphia, University Area


Cleveland, Downtown


Atlanta, Perimeter

About The Priceline Group The Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global online hotel reservations, with over 260,000 participating hotels worldwide.  The Group is composed of four primary brands –,, and – and several ancillary brands. The Priceline Group provides online travel services in over 180 countries in Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa. is the number one online hotel reservation service in the world, offering over 235,000 hotels (as of August 7, 2012), and is available in 41 languages.  More recent hotel counts are available on the website. gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of's famous Name Your Own Price® service, which can deliver the lowest prices available, or the recently added Express Deals(SM), where travelers can take advantage of hotel discounts without bidding. is an Asia-based online hotel reservation service that is available in 37 languages. is a multinational car hire service, offering its reservation services in over 6,000 locations.  Customer support is provided in 38 languages.