2016 Holiday Travel Hacker Guide Data Methodology

Unless otherwise indicated, we considered searches conducted on the US and Canada KAYAK sites between 01/01/2016-08/18/2016 for travel from the US and Canada occurring between 11/18/2016-01/03/2017. All flight searches are round-trip, excluding price outliers based on certain criteria. All hotel searches include properties with at least 4 stars and a certain minimum click threshold. Excludes airport properties and outliers based on certain price criteria. All weather data sourced from public sources on the internet.

Top 10 Trending New Year’s Eve Destinations
Flight Destinations with the Greatest YoY % increase in search of the top 100 most searched for travel dates starting 12/26/2016-12/31/2016 and ending 01/01/2017-01/03/2017.
Change in Popularity
Based on search traffic in previous year.
Median Airfare Histogram
Median airfare by month for destination based on travel dates 11/01/2016-01/30/2017 and search dates 01/01/2016-08/31/2016. Expanded travel and search dates to generate more data.
Median Hotel Rate Histogram
Median hotel rate by month for destination based on travel dates 11/01/2016-01/30/2017 and search dates 01/01/2016-08/31/2016. Expanded travel and search dates to generate more data.
Top Trending Hotels
Based on click data. We expanded travel dates and search dates to generate more data. Certain destinations may include 3 star properties based on number of available properties.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of days before departure. Expanded travel dates to 12/15/2016 - 01/15/2017 to generate more data.
Top 10 Most Popular Beach Destinations
Flight Destinations with the Greatest search Traffic based on travel and search dates indicated above.
Last Year’s Ranky
Based on search traffic in previous year.
Most Popular Beach Hotels
Most clicked hotel properties. Certain destinations may include 3 star properties based on number of available properties.
Median Airfare Histogram
Median airfare by month for destination based on travel dates 11/01/2016-01/30/2017 and search dates 01/01/2016-08/31/2016. Expanded travel and search dates to generate more data.
Median Hotel Rate Histogram
Median hotel rate by month for destination based on travel dates 11/01/2016-01/30/2017 and search dates 01/01/2016-08/31/2016. Expanded travel and search dates to generate more data.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of days before departure based on indicated travel and search dates.
Top 10 Wallet-Friendly International Destinations
Flight Destinations with the lowest median airfare based on travel dates 11/21/2015-01/04/2016 and search dates 01/01/2015-12/31/2015. Excluding all US, CA, MX and Caribbean destinations.
Percent Change
Based on comparison to median airfare for International flights (defined as all flights to all regions excluding US, CA and MX) for travel and search dates indicated.
Wallet-Friendly Hotels
Based on lowest median hotel rate for 4 and 5 star properties only for travel between 11/01/2015 and 01/31/2016. For smaller destinations with fewer clicks, expanded to consider 3 star properties.
Median Airfare
Median airfare by month for destination based on travel dates 11/01/2015-01/31/2016 and search dates 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015. Expanded travel and search dates to generate more data.
Median Hotel Rate
Median hotel rate by month for destination based on travel dates 11/01/2015-01/31/2016 and search dates 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015. Expanded travel and search dates to generate more data.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of days before departure based on indicated travel and search dates.
Top 10 Wallet-Friendly US Destinations
Flight Destinations with the lowest median airfare based on travel dates 11/21/2015-01/04/2016 and search dates 01/01/2015-12/31/2015. Filtered by only North American (US, CA, MX) destinations.
Percent Change
Based on comparison to median airfare for NA (defined as US, CA and MX) for travel and search dates indicated above.
Wallet-Friendly Hotels
Based on lowest median hotel rate for 4 and 5 star properties only for travel between 11/01/2015 and 01/31/2016. For smaller destinations with fewer clicks, expanded to consider 3 star properties.
Median Airfare
Median airfare by month for destination based on travel dates 11/01/2015-01/31/2016 and search dates 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015. Expanded travel and search dates to generate more data.
Median Hotel Rate
Median hotel rate by month for destination based on travel dates 11/01/2015-01/31/2016 and search dates 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015. Expanded travel and search dates to generate more data.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of days before departure based on indicated travel and search dates.
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