Americans didn't shy away from traveling over the long summer holiday weekends, as the busiest travel days of the year were the Sunday before
A Preview of 2022
Looking ahead to early 2022, the biggest trend so far is that travel—and travel prices—are continuing to heat up. For the first quarter of 2022, the average daily cost of hotels is up 18 percent over the same time last year, and average flight tickets are up 32 percent. As prices rise, Priceline has identified destinations across the country where travelers can explore, make memories and find great deals.
"As both inflation and the returning demand for leisure travel drive up prices, travelers are looking for products that help them identify and book vacations at affordable rates," said
Where Are The Deals?
- Southeast beach destinations offer some of the best airfares, with
Myrtle Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Tampaall landing within the top 10 most affordable, offering average round-trip fares less than $285.
- Half of the top 10 most affordable destinations for hotels are in the west (
Laughlin, NV.; Page, AZ.; Buena Park, CA.; Albuquerque, and Reno, specifically). Across these five cities, the average daily hotel rate comes in under $110per night.
Where Are People Going?
- While major entertainment meccas
Las Vegas, Orlando, and New Yorkhold the top three spots, Chicago, New Orleans, and Nashvillejoin the top 10 list for most popular hotel destinations.
Destinations To Watch
Cape Canaveral: Home to the Kennedy Space Centerand other space-themed attractions, Florida's Space Coastis up-and-coming and has a popular port for cruises bound for the Caribbean. Pigeon Forgeand Gatlinburg: Serving as gateways to the scenic Great Smoky Mountains, both destinations light up in early 2022. Pigeon Forgewill host the "Smoky Mountain Winterfest" with five million holiday lights through February 14th, and travelers can experience the famous 200-foot tunnel of lights at "Lights Over Gatlinburg" at Gatlinburg Skylift Parkthrough January 29th. Memphis: Tennessee'sgreat outdoors aren't the state's only emerging destinations for 2022. Cultural hotspot Memphisis hosting fun events like a crawfish festival and the Beale Street Music Festivalat the city's fairgrounds this spring.
As the New Year arrives—and as the travel industry continues to recover—Priceline is here to help travelers find great deals for their trips. Consumers can save even more during its Season of Savings event. The six-week sale, with deals and discounts on top of everyday savings, runs through
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