Americans Headed South for Memorial Day

By Andrea Charriez

We may have seen the last of the bitter winter, but Americans are taking no chances and heading south for Memorial Day weekend.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is the #1 trending destination for flight searches, up 59% compared to last Memorial Day. Our data also show that people are finding slightly lower airfares to the beach destination than last year.

Try San Jose, Costa Rica, for a Memorial Day weekend deal; the city saw the biggest drop in average airfare compared to all destinations, down 10% compared to last year. Some of the most in-demand destinations for the holiday weekend: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Austin, TX and Savannah, GA.

We’ve seen an increased interest in international travel for the summer. In fact, the ten top trending destinations for summer travel are abroad. Thanks to a certain (protected trademark) international soccer tournament, demand for flights and hotels in Rio de Janeiro are blowing up, making it the #1 trending destination this summer for Americans. Who said the US doesn’t care about soccer?

A few additional highlights:

  • Naples, Italy, is showing a strong comeback with an impressive increase in search queries. Have travelers stopped worrying that the city is dangerous?
  • Searches for Canadian destinations have increased and overall airfares are lower than last year. Searches for flights to Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver increased 9-15%, with the added bonus of average airfare to Toronto dropping 7% and Vancouver 9% since last year.
  • Finally, if you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Alaska, this summer is the time – Anchorage saw the biggest decrease in average airfare compared to last summer (8%), down to $594.

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