Kayak.com says Las Vegas a Memorial Day hotspot

Las Vegas is the hot destination for both Memorial Day weekend getaways and summer vacations this year, according to Kayak.com Photo: Todd DeFeo

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 21, 2013 – Las Vegas is the hot destination for both Memorial Day weekend getaways and summer vacations this year, according to travel search engine Kayak.com.

Chicago, New York, Miami and San Francisco are also popular Memorial Day destinations while summer travelers are eyeing Orlando, Honolulu, Seattle and Los Angeles.

While Sin City appears to be the most popular destination, Nashville is garnering more attention. According to the travel site, searches for flights to Music City increased 42 percent from a year ago while the price of flights increased only 3.75 percent over the past year.

“This Memorial Day and summer season we’re seeing travelers follow the sun,” Maria Katime, a Kayak spokesperson, told Sightseers’ Delight. “Warmer destinations like Las Vegas, Orlando and Honolulu are more popular and at a lower price point compared to last year. Don’t count out the northeast though – famous spots such as the Jersey Shore and Atlantic City are set to attract this summer too, despite taking a hard hit from Hurricane Sandy.”

A new TripAdvisor survey reveals nearly one in three (30 percent) are planning to travel this Memorial Day weekend. The survey also found 86 percent of respondents are planning a leisure trip this summer.

Most travelers this summer – including 93 percent of travelers this Memorial Day and 87 percent of travelers this summer – say they will not let gas prices stand in the way of their summer travel plans, according to TripAdvisor’s survey of 1,200 travelers. Prices are expected to hover in the $3.60 per gallon range this Memorial Day.

According to Kayak, August looks to be the cheapest month this summer to fly. The website also found that booking a flight three to five weeks before departure is the best way to find deals on domestic flights and within three months of departure for international flights.

Long weekend trips have, on average, the cheapest fares throughout the year, according to Kayak. The website suggests including a Saturday night stay since with midweek departures and returns often have lower average fares.

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Todd DeFeo

Todd DeFeo jouned The Washington Times Communities in May 2012. He covers travel and Georgia. A marketing professional who never gave up his award-winning journalistic ways, DeFeo revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He also serves as editor of The Travel Trolley.


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