Labor Day Holiday Travel: Cheap Getaways

If you haven’t had a chance to get away in the past couple of months – or even if you have – there’s still one last long weekend for summer fun: Labor Day. And there are cheap flights for the holiday if you know how and where to look.

Listen as travel expert Rick Seaney talks about his own cheap late-summer getaway:

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Labor Day: When to Fly

Options for the cheapest possible getaway can vary depending on where you’re flying to or from but use these rules of thumb as a guide to best prices:

  • The cheapest days to fly are typically Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
  • The more expensive days to fly are typically Fridays and Sundays
  • Holidays can be less expensive than the days immediately before and after (this is especially true for Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Tip: Try pricing different dates to see what getaway itinerary saves you the most money. If you can’t work your schedule so that both your departure and return are on cheap days, try to include one of the less-expensive days so you’ll reap some savings.

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Labor Day: Airline Sales

In past years, some discount airlines offered specific Labor Day sales including Southwest and Virgin America. However, these discounts may not apply to the city you wish to visit. In general, don’t wait until the last minute or you may pay more than you have to.

Labor Day: Where to Go

Another good rule of thumb: Popular tourist cities with lots of airline competition are usually cheap and the list includes the following favorites (click the city to find cheap flights): Boston, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando and more.

More options for bargains: Travel between cities that are fairly close and also have lots of regular service. These can be good deals year-round and examples include routes like Dallas-Houston, Los Angeles-San Francisco and Boston-New York.

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Begin your holiday on Labor Day, and stretch it out for a late summer vacation since fares start dropping in late August. Let FareCompare help you find cheap flights fast.

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Published: July 18, 2013