Bargain Destinations for a Labor Day Getaway

Patrick Surry - Jan. 31, 2016

Summary

  • Labor Day weekend prices are about 4% lower this year than last year.  This is great news for travelers, especially considering that overall summer travel was more expensive this year than last year.
  • Travel demand is up 22.8% compared to last year.
  • If you have flexibility and can travel after Labor Day, prices in a number of markets drop between 20 and 40%.  For example, travel to Dallas, Seattle, Orlando, and New Orleans becomes significantly cheaper.
  • The three most popular destinations for Labor Day, which we also expect to have the busiest airports, are Las Vegas, Chicago, and Denver.
  • To take advantage of deals, be flexible in terms of exact dates and destinations - use our Flight Explorer tool to find the best Labor Day deals from your city. For example, this shows New York airports to anywhere in the US around Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day Pricing and Popularity

Overall, prices have been up this summer as compared to last summer, but for labor day weekend price are actually down by about 4% this year (Figure 1).

The top 10 most popular US destinations for Labor Day weekend, and therefore expected to be the most busy, are:

  1. Las Vegas (LAS) for $337
  2. Chicago (ORD) for $273
  3. Denver (DEN) for $271
  4. New York (LGA) for $309
  5. Atlanta (ATL) for $279
  6. Los Angeles (LAX) for $319
  7. Newark (EWR) for $346
  8. New York (JFK) for $352
  9. Orlando (MCO) for $290
  10. Seattle (SEA) for $359

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Figure 1: Flight prices for Labor Day weekend 2013 and 2014

Origin-specific breakdowns

While knowing the travel environment in general is informative, we also took a look at some of the top US origins to see what the most popular, the cheapest, and the most discounted routes for Labor Day weekend from each.

Departing from New York (JFK, EWR, LGA)

From the 3 airports around New York, the most popular destinations for Labor Day are shown in Figure 2.  Las Vegas, Chicago, and Miami top the list with prices of $451, $269, and $335 respectively (Table 1).  If you have not yet picked a destination for a Labor Day trip, Table 2, shows that sticking close to home is the best bargain.  If you have a flexible schedule and can travel the week after Labor Day, you can save as much as 47% to specific destinations (Table 2)  and 19.9% on average.

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 9.22.38 AM.pngFigure 2: Most popular Labor Day destinations from New York

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 9.27.33 AM.pngTable 1: Prices to the most popular Labor Day destinations from New York

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 9.57.51 AMTable 2: Best Labor Day Weekend deals from New York

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 9.58.06 AMTable 3: Biggest post-Labor Day discounts from New York

Departing from Boston (BOS)

From Boston, the most popular destinations for Labor Day are shown in Figure 3.  Chicago, Las Vegas, and San Francisco top the list with prices of $213, $410, and $390 respectively (Table 2).  If you have not yet picked a destination for a Labor Day trip, Table 2, shows that sticking close to home is the best bargain with round trip flights at about $100.  If you have a flexible schedule and can travel the week after Labor Day, you can save as much as 36% to specific destinations (Table 2) and 13.3% on average.

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 10.07.10 AMFigure 3: Most popular Labor Day destinations from Boston

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 10.07.23 AMTable 4: Prices to the most popular Labor Day destinations from Boston

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 10.07.32 AMTable 5: Best Labor Day Weekend deals from Boston

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 10.07.40 AMTable 6: Biggest post-Labor Day discounts from Boston

Departing from Atlanta (ATL)

From Atlanta, the most popular destinations for Labor Day are shown in Figure 4.  Las Vegas, New York, and Dallas top the list with prices between $200 and $400 (Table 1).  If you have not yet picked a destination for a Labor Day trip, Table 8, shows that Trenton, Jacksonville, and Huston are the best bargains.  If you have a flexible schedule and can travel the week after Labor Day, you can save as much as 26% to specific destinations (Table 9) and 10% on average.

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 9.25.27 AM Figure 4: Most popular Labor Day destinations from Atlanta

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 9.25.35 AMTable 7: Prices to the most popular Labor Day destinations from Atlanta

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 9.26.52 AMTable 8: Best Labor Day Weekend deals from Atlanta

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 9.29.42 AMTable 9: Biggest post-Labor Day discounts from Atlanta

Departing from Chicago (ORD, MDW)

From Chicago, the most popular destinations for Labor Day are shown in Figure 5.  Las Vegas, New York, and Denver top the list with prices of $359, $228, and $248 respectively (Table 10).  If you have not yet picked a destination for a Labor Day trip, Table 11, shows that Minneapolis and Kansas City are the best bargains.  If you have a flexible schedule and can travel the week after Labor Day, you can save as much as 47% to specific destinations (Table 12) and 12.4% on average.

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 9.43.01 AMFigure 5: Most popular Labor Day destinations from Chicago

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 9.44.37 AMTable 10: Prices to the most popular Labor Day destinations from Chicago

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 9.54.59 AMTable 11: Best Labor Day Weekend deals from Chicago

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 9.57.33 AMTable 12: Biggest post-Labor Day discounts from Chicago

Departing from Dallas (DFW, DAL)

From Dallas, the most popular destinations for Labor Day are shown in Figure 5.  Las Vegas, Chicago, and Denver top the list with prices of $269, $239, and $169 respectively (Table 13).  If you have not yet picked a destination for a Labor Day trip, Table 14, shows that Kansas City and Houston are the best bargains.  If you have a flexible schedule and can travel the week after Labor Day, you can save as much as 33.5% to specific destinations (Table 15) and 17.3% on average.

 Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.02.49 AMFigure 5: Most popular Labor Day destinations from Dallas

_Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.04.29 AMTable 13: Prices to the most popular Labor Day destinations from _Dallas__

_Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.50.48 AMTable 14: Best Labor Day Weekend deals from _Dallas__

_Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.09.08 AMTable 15: Biggest post-Labor Day discounts from _Dallas__

Departing from Denver (DEN)

From Denver, the most popular destinations for Labor Day are shown in Figure 6.  Las Vegas, New York, and Los Angeles top the list with prices of $157, $274, and $158 respectively (Table 16).  If you have not yet picked a destination for a Labor Day trip, Table 17, shows that Phoenix, Oklahoma City, and Dallas are the best bargains.  If you have a flexible schedule and can travel the week after Labor Day, you can save as much as 25.6% to specific destinations (Table 18) and 13% on average.

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.15.17 AMFigure 6: Most popular Labor Day destinations from Denver

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.16.50 AMTable 16: Prices to the most popular Labor Day destinations from Denver

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.18.54 AMTable 17: Best Labor Day Weekend deals from Denver

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.20.47 AMTable 18: Biggest post-Labor Day discounts from Denver

Departing from Los Angeles (LAX)

From Los Angeles, the most popular destinations for Labor Day are shown in Figure 7.  Las Vegas, New York, and Chicago top the list with prices of $139, $465, and $330 respectively (Table 19).  If you have not yet picked a destination for a Labor Day trip, Table 20, shows that staying close to home leads to the best bargains.  If you have a flexible schedule and can travel the week after Labor Day, you can save as much as 23.7% (Table 21) and 12.4% on average.

 Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.34.26 AMFigure 7: Most popular Labor Day destinations from Los Angeles

_Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.39.19 AMTable 19: Prices to the most popular Labor Day destinations from _Los Angeles__

_Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.44.04 AMTable 20: Best Labor Day Weekend deals from _Los Angeles__

_Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.45.30 AMTable 21: Biggest post-Labor Day discounts from _Los Angeles__

Data and Methodology

The data presented in this analysis comes from Hopper’s combined feed of Global Distribution Service (GDS) data sources which includes billions of trips per day.  Demand is represented as the number of queries not actual ticket purchases, and is calibrated across all GDS sources for each market.  Good deal prices are represented by the 10th percentile prices.  For example if the 10th percentile price is $800 dollars it means that only 10% of trips are priced at or below this price.

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