A destination can have all the free activities and affordable food in the world, but it's not going to be a true value destination unless you can get and stay there within your budget. We pitted destinations around the world against each other to find those that offered the best sales, deals, and value based on travel from the U.S.
We sought out solid evidence of destinations offering good deals by collecting year-over-year price comparisons from Bing Travel, looking at recent value destination lists from major publications, and factoring in other affordability-boosters such as new airline routes, which often increase competition and keep fares lower. Using these measurements, our five finalists were Argentina, Australia, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and Mexico.
Hawaii beat out the other contenders to claim the title as this year's best value destination based on sales and deals. With a three percent drop in overall year-over-year travel prices and a 10 to 15 percent decrease in premium hotel rates, plus four new air routes so far in 2010 and the likely addition of new low-cost carrier service from Allegiant, Hawaii was the obvious choice. While the summer peak season should be busy, last-minute deals may still be available, as will discounts for the rest of the year.
Las Vegas claimed the runner-up position. A 14 percent year-over-year drop in premium hotel room rates make this destination stand out, as does its place on the 2010 value destination lists of Budget Travel and Lonely Planet. New flights from two destinations and nearly a dozen low-cost carriers with service offer more ways to find deals to Vegas this year.
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