Sunday, May 19, 2024

Top destinations for Labor Day Weekend

With August winding down and Autumn on the horizon, queer vacationers everywhere are already beginning to mourn the loss of summer. But not to worry! We still have Labor Day Weekend for one last hurrah in the sun.

According to Priceline, this Labor Day is on track to be an even bigger travel weekend than last year with hotel searches for the weekend up 19% and flight searches up 15% over 2021.

The data shows that Las Vegas is the number one destination for Americans this holiday weekend for the second year in a row, coming in at the #1 spot as the most popular destination based on a daily average hotel rate of $290 per night. In general, a higher nightly rate results from high demand, one notable exception being New York City which is ranking #4 on this same list, but with a $334 per night average rate, because well, it is New York.

Time Square, New York City (Photo: Andreas Kruck – Unsplash)

Orlando has jumped to the #2 most affordable destination this year (from #9 in 2021). With average roundtrip airfare at $250 and nightly hotel stays averaging $137 in Orlando, a weekend trip is well worth exploring. This affordability has also helped land Orlando at the #2 spot on the most popular destinations list based on the number of searches.

New Orleans is coming in at #5 as the most popular destination this year, likely due to the surge in tourism The Big Easy is seeing for the return of Southern Decadence.

Below is a roundup of the top 5 most popular destinations and most affordable based on Priceline searches:

Most Popular Destinations – based on hotel avg. daily rate

  1. LAS VEGAS, NV, $290
  2. ORLANDO, FL, $137
  3. CHICAGO, IL, $263
  4. NEW YORK, NY, $334
  5. NEW ORLEANS, LA, $259

Most Affordable Destinations – based on hotel avg. daily rate

  1. HOUSTON, TX, $125
  2. ORLANDO, FL, $137
  3. DALLAS, TX, $146
  4. TAMPA, FL, $148
Universal, Orlando (Photo: Aditya Vyas – Unsplash)

Priceline is offering its End of Summer Sale to make your planning easier this year. They are offering special travel discounts when booking hotels, flights, and rental car reservations. Be sure to use code ‘SUNSET50’ when booking for up to $50 off these Express Deals. Priceline Email Insiders can look forward to even deeper discounts by email. Be sure to act quickly though, because the End of Summer Sale ends on August 29.

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