AAA: Memorial Day travel bookings up sharply

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If you’re planning a Memorial Day getaway, you might want to start finalizing your travel plans now, if you haven’t already. AAA travel surveys suggest that reservations for flights, rental cars, cruises and hotels for Memorial Day more than doubled from a year ago.

“We’ve seen a noticeable increase in our travel bookings in early spring, which is a good indication of what to expect for the summer,” said AAA Vice President of Travel Debbie Haas. “Despite inflation and rising gas prices, people want to travel and we believe they will find ways to do so without breaking their budget.”

Plane tickets

When looking at average domestic airfare costs for each day during Memorial Day weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday), flights are about $160 more than the last year.

AAA booking data shows the best time to buy a plane ticket is about two weeks before Memorial Day, with travelers paying an average of $445 per ticket. However, travelers who wait to book Memorial Day week could end up paying almost double. Flights booked 28 to 60 days before the holiday cost an average of $470 each.

The most popular day for air travel is Friday. Memorial Day is the lightest. For the past few years, the cheapest day to fly for Memorial Day weekend has consistently been Saturday. This year, however, Saturday is the most expensive day to fly. Sunday offers the lowest airfare followed by Friday (an average price of $543 and $596, respectively).

Top destinations

Travelers are targeting major cities and beaches for their Memorial Day getaways this year. Here are the top 10 domestic destinations based on AAA bookings for flights, tours, car rentals and hotels:

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. Miami, Florida
  4. Las Vegas, Nevada
  5. Anchorage, AK
  6. Honolulu, Hawaii
  7. Boston, MA
  8. Anaheim, California
  9. New York, NY
  10. San Francisco, California

Americans traveling abroad choose classic destinations like:

  1. Paris, France
  2. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  3. Dublin, Ireland
  4. London, England
  5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  6. Roma, Italy
  7. Cancun, Mexico
  8. Barcelona, ​​Spain
  9. Budapest, Hungary
  10. Athens, Greece
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