CheapOair, a leading flight-focused hybrid travel agency, announced today the top domestic destinations consumers are traveling to for Memorial Day weekend. This year, the data shows that average airfare is down 16% versus last year, among other key findings.
Chicago, Illinois tops this year’s list of top Memorial Day weekend destinations followed by Dallas, Texas and Los Angeles, California. Several other major U.S. cities rounded out the top 10, supporting CheapOair’s data that 83% of bookings made this year were to domestic destinations.
The average airfare cost for the holiday weekend this year is $492*, which is a significant 16% decrease from 2016’s average price of $570. Historical data trends also show that travelers should be mindful of their time and take advantage of booking as early as possible. Airfare prices are predicted to remain steady until April 21st but then begin to increase leading up to the holiday weekend.
Top Memorial Day Destinations 2017
1. Chicago, IL
2. Dallas, TX
3. Los Angeles, CA
4. Las Vegas, NV
5. Miami, FL
6. Atlanta, GA
7. Fort Lauderdale, FL
8. Orlando, FL
9. San Francisco, CA
10. Denver, CO
“At the beginning of the year, airlines increased capacity to meet the increasing demand seen in 2016. In February and March, passenger traffic dropped by 4% causing many airlines to drive down prices in order to fill seats. With that said, travelers looking to book for Memorial Day should do so now, before prices potentially spike again at the end of April as demand increases for holiday travel,” said Tom Spagnola, Senior Vice President of Supplier Relations for CheapOair.
It’s important for travelers to closely monitor airfares throughout the week, as CheapOair’s predictions show that airfare prices drop on Tuesdays each week, and then steadily climb through the remainder of the week. CheapOair also found that female users are continuing to surpass their male counterparts when it comes to wanderlust, as a whopping 16%* more women have booked Memorial Day travel over men as compared to 2016.
By consistently monitoring travel trends, CheapOair’s mission is to educate and aid consumers and travel professionals in both planning their travel accommodations and staying current on the most popular destinations. With a portfolio of products, including rate and schedule information from more than 450 global airlines, CheapOair is a great way to book the travel that’s right for you.