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 TRENDS FOR 2019

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The rise of the ‘mini trip

Maybe it’s because people are working more hours but it seems travelers are reporting that they plan to take more weekend trips in 2019! Thanks to improvements in flight routes and flight tracking apps – ‘micro trips’ will become increasingly more popular and varied. Go-to tracking apps like Hopper have made it easy for people to book hotels or flights based on notifications and predictions on when and how prices will rise and fall and when the best time to book is. Tools like this are also a great way to explore different destinations and see when and where price wise the best place to go for you is!

The Caribbean and FL Keys continue to bounce back in a big way

Many of the Caribbean islands and the keys hit by Hurricane Irma and Maria are well on way on their way to recovery by now. There are also more flights to these destinations than ever before (from smaller cities like Boston and Denver.) They Keys are a particularly good bet for accessible paradise with something for everyone; take Key West’s Havana Cabana Resort – rich in charm and character where guest can relax and unwind with a midday mojito by the pool, conquer an array of watersports or just explore the colorful, buzzing town on a bicycle or vintage Vespa.

Conscious travel

2019 Should likely see a rise in people’s desire to learn something new while on vacation. Destinations like on the west coast like the City of Los Angeles should be a popular choice offering that California ‘all round vibe’ that includes a variety of experiences for a conscious traveler to experience from sustainable, farm-to-table cuisine to scenic hiking and surfing. Meditation gardens like Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens provide incredible spiritual retreat, while Bikes and Hikes L.A. offers hikes throughout the day until sunset, to discover some of the City’s most picturesque views. And between Santa Monica, Redondo and Manhattan Beach, travelers will find an array of surf camps to choose from!

Customization and Personalization

Especially technology that can help you keep track of & benefit from airline loyalty programs and offer solid travel hacks from a well travelled community, are on the rise. Apps like App in the Air is personal flying assistant that not only does that but also keeps you up-to-date with your flight: real time status, provides airport tips and in-airport navigation maps, flight profile with all your flights logged. The app works offline (gate changes and flight status updates are delivered via SMS which requires no data roaming).

The rise in the ‘vacation home’

According to a recent survey by Wyndham Destinations, more than half of millennials surveyed said have vacationed in a timeshare and a whopping three quarter said they actually liked it. Nearly half of Americans in general travel as a family and tend to like comfort when they travel like spacious accommodations, consistent service and brand names — all things that timeshares offer. In fact, the number one thing (34%) consumers say make their vacation less enjoyable is a lack of amenities like laundry, a fitness room or pool.  Homes away from home seem to be the future…