Last-minute travelers encouraged by lower-than-average air, hotel rates
By Jay Keller
The average cost of a round-trip flight over the Independence Day holiday period is $384 while hotel rates come in around $168, according to new booking data released by Travelocity on Monday.
“For travelers planning a trip for our nation’s birthday, the good news is average airfare for the majority of the hotspots are below the national average making these trips a great deal,” Travelocity spokesperson Courtney Scott said in Monday’s statement.
Scott added that last-minute travelers should consider the average costs for airfare and hotels as the “price to beat” when booking travel.
Travelers will find lower-than-average airfares on flights to South Florida ($298), Orlando ($307), Denver ($310) and Washington, D.C. ($314), according to the data.
Lower-than-average lodging rates can be found in Washington, D.C. ($138), Los Angeles ($162), Chicago ($163), South Florida ($164) and Seattle ($164).
According to Travelocity’s booking data, among the most-popular cities for tourism over the July 4th holiday are two destinations that played a significant role in America’s history: Boston and Washington, D.C.
Orlando and New York City, however, top the list as number one and two in the list of 10 most-popular destinations.
Los Angeles, another popular family entertainment destination, ranks third while South Florida moved into fourth place.
Chicago, a city that thrives during summer months, bumped Las Vegas out of last year’s number-10 spot.
The booking data released by Travelocity compares well with projections issued by AAA late last month.
Air travel during the Independence Day holiday will see a slight increase, according to AAA, with at least three million leisure travelers flying into their destination.
Hotel rates at top-rated hotels are expected to increase about four percent with travelers spending on average $164 per night as compared to last year’s average of $158, according to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index.