SAN FRANCISCO, July 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Hot Rate® Hotel data from Hotwire®, summer travel will be most affordable during the last two weeks of August this year. The middle of September offers big savings on hotels in most major U.S. cities as well, a perfect option for those who prefer a late summer getaway.
These are just two of the insights in this issue of the Hotwire® Travel Inspiration Indicator, a quarterly guide for media that includes travel trends, deals, and inspiration for "slightly adventurous" trip takers.
Taking Back Summer
According to Project: Time Off, more than half of American workers had unused paid leave at the end of 2015, resulting in up to 658 million wasted vacation days.
At Hotwire, we refuse to let summer vacations become a thing of the past… but we might need to redefine what they look like.
More weekend getaways. More short trips to see family and friends. And more spontaneous travel moments. That's the ticket for summer travel 2016. Here's how to make the most of it.
Best time to travel this summer*
The list below represents the best weekends to travel during the summer months for big savings, starting with the most affordable weekend first. See PDF link below for access to the complete graph.
Most popular destinations from $67** a night in July, August, and September
For travelers looking to get the most bang for their buck without skimping on quality, we've crunched last year's numbers to find the best rates on three to five star rooms. These 10 cities offered rooms from $67 a night:
- Las Vegas, Houston, Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas, San Diego, Minneapolis, New Orleans, San Antonio, and Saint Louis
Traveling by car? Check out these 10 cities for the best deals on rentals.
Gas prices are still low, so why not rent a car? Last year, travelers could start a summer road trip from $13 per day*** for these cities.
- Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Orlando, Dallas, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale, San Jose and San Diego
Top spontaneous travel destinations for summer
Perhaps it's time to rethink Las Vegas as the iconic destination for spontaneous travel. According to Hotwire data, these five U.S. cities actually see the most hotel bookings within two days of arrival in July, August, and September.
From beach days and BBQs to touring national monuments, we recommend these four U.S. cities for families. All four have especially low prices in the summer months.
Travel with Friends
When it comes to great places for a getaway with friends, these five cities boast bars, sports, and a bustling city life… as well as lower-than-usual prices on hotels during the summer months.
Off the beaten path
Travelers who want to avoid the crowds during summer 2016 should check out these three cities, which traditionally offer low hotel rates during the summer months as well as great food, art, festivals, and culture.
Make the most of business travel
Hotwire encourages travelers to stay through the weekend and explore a new city after a sales conference or business trip. Convention-friendly cities with great summer deals include the following.
Best cities to travel to during Labor Day Weekend
Take advantage of the last official weekend of summer. These U.S. cities offered three to five star rooms from $70 a night** during Labor Day Weekend 2015.
Tips and tricks from Hotwire on how consumers can get the most value for their travel dollars
Hot tips on Car
Hot tips on Hotel
Hot tips on Air
More insights about U.S. travel this season
Here are some additional trends that will impact travel this summer.
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Ashley Short, Porter Novelli for Hotwire
Carrie Peters, Hotwire
* Prices based on a one to three night stay at a 3 – 5 star Hot Rate Hotel. Heat map above reflects average prices from July 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015. Prices do not include taxes and fees. Hot Rate Hotels are different from retail hotel rates. With Hot Rate Hotels you enter the date, location and star rating – exact hotel shown only after booking. All bookings are final.
**Prices are based on 3 – 5 star Hot Rate Hotel rates found during July 1, 2015 – September 30, 2015. Prices do not include taxes and fees. Hot Rate Hotel rates are different from retail hotel rates. With Hot Rate Hotels you enter the date, location and star rating – exact hotel shown only after booking. All bookings are final. Prices are dynamic and subject to change.
***Prices based on Hot Rate car rental rates found during July 1, 2015 – September 30, 2015. Prices do not include taxes and fees. Hot Rate Car Rental rates are different from retail car rental rates. With Hot Rate Car Rentals you enter the dates and location – exact Car Rental shown only after booking. All bookings are final. Prices vary based on car class, location, and availability and are subject to change.