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You Still Have A Few More Days to Book A Cheap, Last-Minute Labor Day Vacation

You Still Have A Few More Days to Book A Cheap, Last-Minute Labor Day Vacation
Anya Kartashova

Labor Day is on the horizon, and it’s likely you have secured your vacations plans by now. However, if you have nothing planned, you still have until Aug. 24 to lock down an affordable weekend trip, according to data gathered by CheapFlights.com.

Book Labor Day Travel by Aug. 24

If you haven’t booked flights over Labor Day weekend, make sure to do so by Aug. 24, if not sooner. After that date, the prices are predicted to increase by $100 to $350 per ticket, depending on the destination, according to the CheapFlights’ stats.

The least expensive flights within the United States are to Orlando, Fla.; Raleigh, N.C., and Tampa, Fla. The cheapest flights to international destinations include Ottawa, Ontario; Guadalajara, Mexico; and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Consider Deal Destinations

The U.S. destination trending the most is Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., with interest being up by 200% year over year. Curiously, median airfare to this beloved Massachusetts island has decreased by 30% since a year ago clocking in at $391 from other U.S. cities.

Other deal destinations include Santa Barbara, Calif.; Asheville, N.C.; and Panama City Beach, Fla.—all saw a median airfare price drop of 26% to 15% year over year.

When it comes to international locations, Ibiza, Spain; Castries, Saint Lucia; and Madrid saw the greatest decrease in median airfare price—31% to 19% down from last year.

How to Book Bargain Flights

Flexibility is key to booking a bargain break, and this time is no different. For the least expensive flight combinations, leave Saturday and return Tuesday or even Wednesday if possible. It’ll likely cost you a couple of extra days off at work, but you’ll be able to save money and beat the crowds. If you’re not open to shifting your work schedule a little, prepare to pay a premium.

Where are you going for a fun Labor Day weekend?

 

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