2017 Holiday Travel Hacker Guide Data Methodology

Unless otherwise indicated, we considered searches conducted on the US and Canada KAYAK sites between 01/01/2017-08/16/2017 for travel from the US and Canada occurring between 11/17/2017 - 01/02/2018. All flight searches are round-trip economy flights, 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 12/26/2017-12/31/2017 (start) and 01/01/2018 - 01/03/2018 (end)
Change in Popularity
Based on search traffic in previous year
Median Airfare Histogram
Median airfare by month for destination based on travel dates 12/26/17-01/03/18 and search dates 01/01/2017-08/18/2017. Adjusted travel and search dates to generate more data.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of weeks before departure. Adjusted travel dates to start date 12/26/2017-12/31/2017 and end date 01/01/2018-01/03/2018 to generate more data.
Median Hotel Rate Histogram
Median hotel rate by month for destination based on travel dates 12/26/17-01/03/18 and search dates 01/01/2017-08/18/2017. Adjusted travel and search dates to generate more data.
Top Trending Hotels
Based on click data. We adjusted travel dates and search dates to generate more data. Destinations include 4+ star properties based on number of available properties. Those with minimal 4+ star properties or none at all were excluded from the list.
Top 10 Wallet-Friendly International Flights
Flight Destinations with the lowest median airfare based on travel dates 11/17/2017-01/02/2018 and search dates 01/01/2017-08/16/2017. 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.
Median Airfare
Median airfare by month for destination based on travel dates 11/17/17-01/02/18 and search dates 01/01/2017 - 08/16/2017. Adjusted travel and search dates to generate more data.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of weeks before departure based on indicated travel and search dates.
Wallet-Friendly Hotels
Based on lowest median hotel rate for 4 and 5 star properties only for travel between 11/17/17 and 01/02/18. Removed smaller destinations with fewer clicks and only less than 4-star accommodations.
Median Hotel Rate
Median hotel rate by month for destination based on travel dates 11/17/17-01/02/18 and search dates 01/01/2017 - 08/16/2017. Adjusted travel and search dates to generate more data.
Top Wallet-Friendly North American Flights
Flight Destinations with the lowest median airfare based on travel dates 11/17/17-01/02/18 and search dates 01/01/2017 - 08/16/2017. Filtered by only North American (US, CA, MX) destinations.
Percent Change
Based on comparison to median airfare for NA (defined as US, CA, MX and the Caribbean) for travel and search dates indicated above.
Median Airfare
Median airfare by month for destination based on travel dates 11/17/17-01/02/18 and search dates 01/01/2017 - 08/16/2017. Adjusted travel and search dates to generate more data.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of weeks before departure based on indicated travel and search dates.
Wallet-Friendly Hotels
Based on lowest median hotel rate for 4 and 5 star properties only for travel between 11/17/17-01/02/18. Removed smaller destinations with fewer clicks and only less than 4-star accommodations.
Median Hotel Rate
Median hotel rate by month for destination based on travel dates 11/17/17-01/02/18 and search dates 01/01/2017 - 08/16/2017. Adjusted travel and search dates to generate more data.
Thanksgiving When to Book General
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of weeks before departure based on travel between 11/17/2016 - 11/28/2016 (start) and 11/27/2016 - 11/28/2016 (end) and search dates 07/01/2016 – 11/26/2016. Based on international and domestic flights.
When to Depart and Return
Median ticket prices as a function of day of the week based on travel between 11/18/2016 - 11/24/2016 (start) and 11/25/2016 - 11/29/2016 (end) and search dates 08/01/2016 -11/29/2016. Based on international and domestic flights.
Christmas When to Book General
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of weeks before departure based on travel between 12/15/2016 - 12/25/2016 and search dates 08/01/2016 - 12/25/2016. Based on international and domestic flights.
When to Depart and Return
Median ticket prices as a function of day of the week based on travel between 12/15/2016 - 12/25/2016 (start) and 12/26/2016 - 12/28/2016 (end) and search dates 09/01/2016 -12/28/2016. Based on international and domestic flights.
New Year’s Eve When to Book General
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of weeks before departure based on travel between 12/25/2016 - 12/31/2016 (start) and 01/01/2017 - 01/02/2017 (end) and search dates 08/01/2016 - 01/02/2017. Based on international and domestic flights.
When to Depart and Return
Median ticket prices as a function of day of the week based on travel between 12/26/2016 - 12/31/2016 (start) and 01/01/2017 - 01/02/2017 (end) and search dates. Based on international and domestic flights.