Easter is here, which means it’s officially time to start thinking about summer travel. Or, at the very least, Memorial Day Weekend.
Fewer than half of Memorial Day travelers have booked their flights by the second week of April (now!); luckily, there’s still time to maximize your savings if you’re planning on flying this Memorial Day Weekend—or any other summertime holiday. Which might come in handy—accommodations prices for MDW soar: at a median booking price of $193, hotels are 28 percent pricier than usual; meanwhile, vacation rentals jump a whopping 98 percent with a median booking price of $181. Another reason to get a jump on those accommodations reservations: the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend had more vacation rental bookings than any other day last year. Luckily, we found other ways to save. Without further ado, here is your summer holiday travel forecast:
Memorial Day Top 10 Trending Destinations
|Rank||Flight Destination||Hotel Destination||Vacation Rental|
|1||Las Vegas, NV||Las Vegas, NV||Las Vegas, NV|
|2||San Francisco, CA||New York City, NY||Myrtle Beach, SC|
|3||Los Angeles, CA||Myrtle Beach, SC||Los Angeles, CA|
|4||Chicago, IL||San Diego, CA||Naples, FL|
|5||New York City, NY||Chicago, IL||Brooklyn, NY|
|6||Boston, MA||Boston, MA||New York City, NY|
|7||Denver, CO||Panama City, FL||Orlando, FL|
|8||Seattle, WA||Miami, FL||Boston, MA|
|9||Orlando, FL||San Francisco, CA||Napa, CA|
|10||Newark, NJ||Reno, NV||Fort Lauderdale, CA|
Fourth of July: Purchase flights the fourth week of May for up to 23 percent savings (6 weeks in advance)
Labor Day Weekend: Purchase flights the first week of July (up to 25 percent savings) 8 weeks in advance
- Hate Crowds? Don’t fly out the Friday before the holiday—it’s the most-booked departure date for all three summertime holidays—and the most expensive (by $100 or more)
- Memorial Day Weekend by Departure Date (median domestic booking prices)
- 5/24: $356
- 5/25: $306
- 5/26: $259
- Set a Fare Alert. Hipmunk’s desktop and mobile apps allow you to set fare alert on flights you’re interested—and notify you when prices drop.
- Search Multiple Airports at Once. Live in a major metropolitan area (or flying into one)? Hipmunk lets you search multiple airlines at once by entering the metro code or just by simply inserting a comma between airport codes.
- Search via Price Graph. Select to see flight results on a price graph of the lowest fares for the next 90 days, that way you never miss a great deal.