Las Vegas, Cancun Top Labor Day Travel Destinations

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Cancun leads this year's top international destinations for Labor Day. // Photo by Svetaleo/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

Las Vegas and Cancun, Mexico, are the top Labor Day travel destinations this year, according to a new survey from CheapOair, and many destinations are showing declines in airfare from last year as well. 

CheapOair compiled its list of top ten domestic and international destinations for Labor Day travel based on its own bookings. Other popular vacation spots this year include Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Chicago

Many of the top destinations are unchanged from 2015, said Thomas Spagnola, senior vice president of supplier relations at CheapOair, and nine out of ten domestic destinations have a roundtrip fare of under $300. 

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Additionally, the lead time for bookings has decreased this year, with CheapOair’s data showing an increase in last-minute bookings within 10 to 20 days before the consumer’s travel dates due to a decrease in fares, Spagnola said. 

Domestically, this year’s top city for Labor Day weekend travel is Las Vegas, with an average roundtrip ticket price of $280, which is down 3 percent from last year. Orlando and Denver are runner up and third place on the list, both decreasing almost 10 percent in price. Fort Lauderdale had the lowest prices available, with a roundtrip flight priced at $229, which is a 39 percent price decrease from last year. 

Most-Booked Domestic Destinations for 2016 Labor Day Weekend Travel

Destination Average Roundtrip Airfare Price Difference From 2015
Las Vegas, NV $280 -3%
Orlando, FL $248 -9%
Denver, CO $262 -10%
Fort Lauderdale, FL $229 -39%
Los Angeles, CA $284 +11%
Chicago, IL $256 -3%
Dallas - Fort Worth, TX $257 +2%
Seattle, WA $365 +19%
New York, NY $294 +3%
San Francisco, CA $347 +17%

The fares referenced are averages, based on bookings made beginning July 1, for travel anytime between September 1 and September 10.

For international destinations, Cancun, Mexico, continues to stay at the top of the list as the number one vacation spot consumers are visiting, with the airfare price down 9 percent from this time last year. Punta Cana saw a price increase of 8 percent, but still came in ranked as the number two destination where travelers want to be for the weekend. Additionally, according to the data, San Juan had the lowest prices available, with a roundtrip costing $345.

Most-Booked International Destinations for 2016 Labor Day Weekend Travel

Destination Average Roundtrip Airfare Price Difference From 2015
Cancun, Mexico $438 -9%
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic $493 +8%
Dublin, Ireland $812 +46%
San José del Cabo, Mexico $452 -20%
San Juan, Puerto Rico $345 -26%
San José, Costa Rica $444 -20%
Nassau, Bahamas $445 +11%
Montego Bay, Jamaica $526 +21%
London, England $368 -34%
LHR-London Heathrow $970 +9%

The fares referenced are averages, based on bookings made beginning July 1, for travel anytime between September 1 and September 10.

Source: CheapOair.com

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