2017 Travel Hacker Guide Data Methodology

Unless otherwise indicated, we considered searches conducted on the US and Canada KAYAK sites between 10/25/2015 -10/24/2016 for travel from the US and Canada occurring between 10/25/2015 - 10/24/2016. 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 Most Popular Destinations
Flight Destinations with the greatest number of searches.
Last Year’s Rank
Based on number of searches recorded in previous year, for the same search parameters indicated at top.
Most Popular Hotels
Most clicked hotel properties.
Median Airfare
Median airfare by month for travel dates 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016 and search dates indicated. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities.
Median Hotel Rate
Median hotel rate by month for travel and search dates indicated at top.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of months before departure based on indicated search dates at top. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities. For some of the smaller destinations with fewer data points, we expanded search / travel dates to generate more data.
Top 10 Trending Destinations
Flight Destinations with the Greatest % YoY Increase in Search of the Top 200 Most Searched destinations. Based on travel dates 03/01/2016 - 02/28/17 compared to 03/01/2015 – 02/28/2016 and search dates 10/25/2015 - 10/24/2016 compared to 10/25/2014 - 10/24/2015.
Change in Popularity
Percent increase in clicks versus previous year based on search and travel dates indicated above.
Top Trending Hotels
Based on click data. Certain destinations may include 3 star properties based on number of available properties.
Median Airfare
Median airfare by month for travel dates 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016 and search dates indicated. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities.
Median Hotel Rate
Median hotel rate by month for travel and search dates indicated at top.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of months before departure based on indicated search dates at top. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities. For some of the smaller destinations with fewer data points, we expanded search / travel dates to generate more data.
Top 10 Wallet-Friendly Flight Destinations
Flight Destinations with the lowest median airfare of the Top 100 most clicked destinations, excluding all North American cities.
Change in Price
Percent difference from International Median clicked display price versus previous year.
Top Wallet-Friendly Hotels
Hotel properties with the lowest median hotel rate.
Median Airfare
Median airfare by month for travel dates 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016 and search dates indicated. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities.
Median Hotel Rate
Median hotel rate by month for travel and search dates indicated at top.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of months before departure based on indicated search dates at top. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities. For some of the smaller destinations with fewer data points, we expanded search / travel dates to generate more data.
Top 10 Trending Beach Destinations
Flight Destinations with the Greatest YoY Increase in Search of the top 400 Most Searched. Selected beach destinations from full list. Based on travel dates 03/01/2016 – 02/28/2017 vs. 03/01/2015 – 02/28/2016 and search dates 10/25/2015 - 10/24/2016 compared to 10/25/2014 - 10/24/2015.
Change in Popularity
Percent increase in share of click traffic versus previous year for travel and search dates indicated above.
Top Trending Hotels
Hotel properties with the Greatest YoY increase in clicks. Certain destinations may include 3 star properties based on number of available properties. For smaller destinations (i.e. Martinique, Guadeloupe) we expanded search radius to entire island to generate more data.
Median Airfare
Median airfare by month for travel dates 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016 and search dates indicated. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities. For some smaller regions with fewer data points, we expanded travel and search dates to generate more accurate data.
Median Hotel Rate
Median hotel rate by month for travel and search dates indicated at top.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of months before departure based on indicated search dates at top. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities. For some of the smaller destinations with fewer data points, we expanded search / travel dates to generate more data.
Top 10 Popular Family Destinations
Flight Destinations with the Greatest Searches categorized as “family” travel based on specific internal search parameters.
Last Year’s Rank
Based on share of click traffic in previous year based on the same “family” search parameters.
Most Popular Family Hotels
Most clicked hotel properties based on “family travel” search parameters.
Median Airfare
Median airfare by month for travel dates 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016 and search dates indicated. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities.
Median Hotel Rate
Median hotel rate by month for travel and search dates indicated at top.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of months before departure based on indicated search dates at top. To avoid outliers and mixed distributions that could skew the data, we only looked at a select number of departure cities. For some of the smaller destinations with fewer data points, we expanded search / travel dates to generate more data.
Regional Booking Tips
Based on median airfare from US/ CA origins on US/CA locale to specified region (AF, AS, CA, CB, EU, ME, NA, SA, SP) as a function of days before departure.
Only considered maximum of 182/183 days before departure date. Based on travel and search dates for overall guide.
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