Labor Day Weekend Travel Tips

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What’s going on with Labor Day Travel this year?

A record 17.5 million passengers are expected to travel on U.S.-based airlines this Labor Day Weekend, according to a report released by Airlines for America. That means LAX is going to see their busiest day on Friday, Aug. 30, it should see just under 3 million people will boarding a U.S. airline.

According to Booking.com’s 2019 Travel Predictions, half of travelers in the US plan to take weekend trips in 2019 (50%) Also gas prices for the holiday weekend are lining up to be the lowest in 2-3 years (15% lower than last years) which could impact the amount of road travel people intend to do in the LA and neighboring areas.

However, there are still deals to be had and some ways to avoid the crowds if you book smartly… 

If you are looking to fly, track flights and be flexible with your dates – start tracking flights and hotel deals for last-minute alerts, so they can send out an alert when the price drops. For Labor Day weekend, to get the best hotel rates, is actually to check in Saturday and check out on Tuesday. Traveling in the middle of the week will almost always guarantee you a cheaper fare as well.

Use a booking site – sites like Booking.com have a tonne of great Labor Day Deals at hundreds of properties across the U.S – starting at 20% off. In fact, their data shows one in four travelers want someone to do the hard work for them…which makes sense! For family-friendly trips find East Coast deals in places like Fort Lauderdale or Washington DC. For a city escape look no further than spots like up north in San Fran or across the state in New York…

So New York eh? Yup, you can still snag travel deals in the heart of NYC. Hotel Pennsylvania for example is not only located in Midtown Manhattan, but is offering 25% off, valid through Sept 8th. Celebrating 100 years, the hotel is in the throes of an extraordinary top-to-bottom modernization, and puts the best of New York City at your fingertips (think sensational guestroom views of the Empire State Building and access a block away to Madison Square Garden and Macy’s.)4.Consider a road trip, particularly if you have a large family or want to save on flights…or even a train trip! 

Metrolink Service will be available on Labor Day for only $10 – providing service to the LA County Fair on Labor Day with a special stop at the Fairplex Station and a special 8:30 p.m. train to L.A. Union Station so fairgoers can enjoy a full day of fun. Labor Day is a great opportunity for Southern Californians to use Metrolink to travel around the region for a day-cation. Riders can travel directly to Oceanside and San Clemente beaches, take in local history and culture throughout Orange County or explore Los Angeles and Hollywood.

National Cheap Flight Day

National Cheap Flight Day is TODAY – August 23rd –  which means it’s time to keep an eye on flights as prices tend to lower across the board. However, it’s also better to think of this less as a single day where flights are on sale and more a period of time to grab deals for Labor Day weekend and upcoming holidays. 

A record 17.5 million passengers are expected to travel on U.S.-based airlines this Labor Day Weekend, this year, celebrating the unofficial end of summer according to a report released by trade group Airlines for America.

However there are still deals to be had on everything from hotels to vacations around the world, but…

  • You need to book between now and September 5th and travel between August 27th and June 30th, 2020 to grab those deals. 
  • For Labor Day weekend, to get the best hotel rates, check in Saturday and check out on Tuesday.
  • Start tracking flights and hotel deals for last-minute alerts, so they can send out an alert when the price drops.

Travel Safety – the big story this summer

Amid recent stories of crazy bus driversassaulting lyft drivers and multiple travel advisories – are we being put off travel? Are there any precautions we can take to avoid these situations? This month alone – stories have hit headlines such as that of a Peter Pan driver allegedly locking a woman inside a luggage compartment, sexual assaults being filed against the popular ride sharing app lyft as some serious travel advisories post deaths in Mexico, DR and San Juan and recent shootings in the US. So whether you’re headed overseas or on a road trip, take a look at these tips to make sure you enjoy your getaway in the best way possible.

1. Check for Travel Advisories

Keep yourself up to date with what is going on in a destination and be sure to vet reviews of resorts and destinations to know your risks of traveling there. Especially when it comes to international travel, it’s important that you really do your homework on the areas you plan on visiting. Check the State Department’s travel advisories which have specific posts for each country around the world. Recognize that conditions change rapidly so make sure you check more than once. Along with your travel advisory research, make sure you know and understand the different laws and regulations for your destination.

2. Careful what you ingest

Be adventurous but also sensible with what you ingest or drink in another country (especially medication) and if you have any doubts stick to what you KNOW is safe. To ensure you’re not ingesting any liquid that has been packaged under poor or unhygienic conditions,- turn the bottle upside down and see how the bubbles rise. You should never drink any beverage that contains unidentified particles or sediment. Also if  the price seems too cheap to be true, it probably is – be mindful of cheap, discount products. 

3. Have Emergency Contacts at Home

Once you have a travel plan in place, make sure to tell a trusted friend, relative, or neighbor and leave your schedule with them. This is an important safety step, especially if you’re traveling by yourself. Make sure to check in often to let them know where you’re going, if you change your plans, and when you reach your destination. That way if you don’t check-in, they know that something has gone wrong.

4.. Purchase Travel Insurance

Travel insurance will be your saving grace for those unexpected moments. From lost luggage to medical coverage, travel insurance is an important element for safe travels. There are various plans you can purchase that will meet your specific travel needs. A great reason to obtain coverage is, for example, you need to cancel a non-refundable part of your trip, it can generally help you recover some of those costs.

5. Buddy Up and Be Careful Where You Go

As many of us know, staying in pairs or groups is much safer than being alone. Employ this vacation safety tip when you’re heading to the bars, using public restrooms in busy areas, or getting on public transportation. You’re sure to feel a lot safer if you stay with a buddy during these times. Crowds in unfamiliar territories and heavy visited tourist spots can also be subject to unfortunate events and inevitably susceptible to acts of terrorism or shootings in recent times – they also pose a risk of getting lost or split up from others you are traveling with. If you do decide to visit places like this, be sure to keep you cell phone charged, your personal items close to you and always assign a meeting spot to others should you get lost or something happen.

The best ways to save on travel

Taking a staycation isn’t the only way to save on travel costs this year. Whether you want to hit the beach, or see the sights in a city across the pond, you can have an amazing vacation without breaking your budget. You just have to know where to look.

Skip Hotels for Short-Term Vacation Rentals
Consider short-term apartment rentals; you can rent spacious apartments in central locations for the price of a hostel stay.

Shop ‘Mistake Fares’
Look out for mistake fares, which is when airlines accidentally list their ticket prices for far lower than normal, which can result in amazing deals, but you have to act fast. You can keep track of these mistake fares on Twitter, Facebook groups and forums dedicated to travel hacking.

Have Flexible Travel Dates and Locations
Be flexible – not only with dates — fly Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday — but times and airports. This is the best way to save on travel.

Know When to Book Domestic and International Flights
Remember, ticket prices are usually at their lowest 57 days before departure for domestic flights and 171 days before departure for international trips.

Stay in Your Connecting City
Sometimes it’s cheaper to book a flight where your destination city is actually the flight’s connecting city. If you aren’t sure how to book this type of flight, try Skiplagged, which finds these flights for you. If you’re going to try this tip, just remember to travel light.

Keep a Vacation Savings Account
Put a portion of each paycheck away, and watch it grow until you’re ready to travel — $100 per month for a year can pay for airfare almost anywhere.

Only Use Credit Cards for Free Miles, Baggage Check and Members-Only Deals
Credit cards are the budget traveler’s best friend and worst enemy. The right airline rewards card will shower you with free rewards points, free baggage checks and members-only deals. But, never borrow more than you can repay — otherwise, you’ll end up paying for your trip many times over.