May is here, which means Memorial Day–the unofficial start to summer–is just around the corner. Memorial Day isn’t the biggest travel holiday of the year, with many people choosing quick, local getaways (read: driving, instead of flying).
Still, it’s a popular time for air travel as well, and CheapOAir is out with its list of the most booked destinations for Memorial Day, as well as the average airfare for each, in case you’re still weighing a last-minute getaway. The numbers also offer a preview of the overall cost of traveling this summer (high season for air travel), as fares are trending downward compared to the same time last year.
“Average airfares, both international and domestic, are at a lower price point this time of year ahead of the peak summer travel season when prices are expected to increase significantly,” said Tom Spagnola, CheapOAir Senior Vice President of Supplier Relations.
Domestically: Orlando, New York, and Las Vegas top the list, with average fares to Orlando coming in slightly under $300:
|Destination||Average Roundtrip Airfare|
|New York, NY||$310|
|Las Vegas, NA||$368|
|Los Angeles, CA||$342|
Internationally: London, Cancun, and Mexico City led the way. London makes sense as a quick “long-weekend” trip from most of the East Coast given the reasonable flight time. Overall, Memorial Day airfares to Europe are fairly reasonable.
|Mexico City, Mexico||$393|
|Montego Bay, Jamaica||$695|
Readers, are you planning a Memorial Day trip this year? Did you pay more? Or will you stay closer to home? Comment below.