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2018 Travel Hacker Guide Data Methodology

Unless otherwise indicated, we considered searches conducted on the US and Canada KAYAK sites between 10/25/2016 - 10/24/2017 for travel from the US and Canada occurring between 10/25/2016 -10/24/2017. All flight searches are round-trip economy flights, excluding price outliers based on certain criteria. All hotel searches include properties with at least 3 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 Destinations
Flight Destinations with the Greatest YoY % increase in search of the top 100 most searched for travel dates between 03/01/2017 - 02/28/18
Change in Popularity
Based on search traffic in previous year
Median Airfare Histogram
Median airfare by month for destination based on travel dates 03/01/2017 - 02/28/18 and search dates 10/25/2016 - 10/24/2017.
Best Deal
Based on the lowest price found on KAYAK in the last 48 hours for the next 2 months of travel.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of months before departure.
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.
Median Hotel Rate Histogram
Median hotel rate by month for destination based on travel dates 03/01/2017 - 02/28/18 and search dates 10/25/2016 - 10/24/2017.
Top 10 Most Popular Destinations
Flight Destinations with the greatest number of searches for travel dates between 10/25/2016 -10/24/2017.
Change in Popularity
Based on search traffic in previous year.
Median Airfare Histogram
Median airfare by month for destination based on travel dates 11/01/16-10/31/17 and search dates 10/25/2016 - 10/24/2017.
Best Deal
Based on the lowest price found on KAYAK in the last 48 hours for the next 2 months of travel.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of months before departure.
Top Trending Hotels
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.
Median Hotel Rate Histogram
Median hotel rate by month for destination based on travel dates 11/01/16-10/31/17 and search dates 10/25/2016 - 10/24/2017.
Top 10 Beach Destinations
Flight Destinations with the Greatest % YoY Increase in clicks for regions NA (North America), EU (Europe), CB (Caribbean), SP (South Pacific), CA (Central America), and SA (South America), of the top 1000 Most Clicked destinations for travel dates between 03/01/2017 - 02/28/18.
Change in Popularity
Based on search traffic in previous year
Median Airfare Histogram
Median airfare by month for destination based on travel dates 03/01/2017 - 02/28/18 and search dates 10/25/2016 - 10/24/2017.
Best Deal
Based on the lowest price found on KAYAK in the last 48 hours for the next 2 months of travel.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of months before departure.
Top Trending Hotels
Based on click data. We adjusted travel dates and search dates to generate more data. Destinations include 3+ star properties based on number of available properties. Those with minimal 3+ star properties or none at all were excluded from the list.
Median Hotel Rate Histogram
Median hotel rate by month for destination based on travel dates 03/01/2017 - 02/28/18 and search dates 10/25/2016 - 10/24/2017.
Top 10 Wallet-Friendly Trips
Top Flight destinations, of the 100 most searched flight destinations, with the lowest overall median trip cost (flight + 3 night hotel stay) for travel dates 10/25/2016 -10/24/2017 and search dates 10/25/2016 - 10/24/2017.
Percent Change
Based on comparison to overall trip cost (flight + 3 night hotel) for travel and search dates indicated.
Median Airfare Histogram
Median airfare by month for destination based on travel dates 11/01/16-10/31/17 and search dates 10/25/2016 - 10/24/2017.
Best Deal
Based on the lowest price found on KAYAK in the last 48 hours for the next 2 months of travel.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of months before departure.
Wallet-Friendly Hotels
Based on lowest median hotel rate for 3+ star properties only for travel between 10/25/2016 -10/24/2017.
Median Hotel Rate
Median hotel rate by month for destination based on travel dates 11/01/16-10/31/17 and search dates 10/25/2016 - 10/24/2017.
KAYAK Picks
Top 10 destinations curated by KAYAK Marketing team
Median Airfare Histogram
Median airfare by month for destination based on travel dates 11/01/16-10/31/17 and search dates 10/25/2016 - 10/24/2017.
Best Deal
Based on the lowest price found on KAYAK in the last 48 hours for the next 2 months of travel.
When to Book
Median airfare as a function of months before departure.
Most Popular Hotels
Based on click data. We adjusted travel dates and search dates to generate more data. Destinations include 3+ star properties based on number of available properties. Those with minimal 3+ star properties or none at all were excluded from the list.
Median Hotel Rate Histogram
Median hotel rate by month for destination based on travel dates 11/01/16-10/31/17 and search dates 10/25/2016 - 10/24/2017.
When to Fly
For All Regions (AF, AS, CA, CB, EU, ME, NA, SA, SP) based on overall guide travel and search dates indicated:
When to Book
Median airfare from US/ CA origins on US/CA locale by weeks out – cap at 6 months (182/183 days) before departure date. Based on travel and search dates for overall guide.
Least / Most Expensive Days to Fly - By Month
Median airfare by day, for each month, for domestic travel (US/CA destinations only)
Median airfare by day, for each month, for international travel (excluding US/CA destinations)
Based on travel dates 11/01/2016-10/31/2017 and search dates for overall guide.

Prices, fares and availability across the guide may vary.