2019 Travel Hacker Guide Data Methodology

Unless otherwise indicated, we considered searches conducted on the US KAYAK site between 10/25/2017 - 10/24/2018 for travel from the US occurring for travel dates specified below for each list.

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, unless otherwise noted. Excludes airport properties and outliers based on certain price criteria.

All weather data sourced from public sources on the internet.

Top 10 Trending Destinations
Travel dates considered were between 03/01/2018 - 02/28/19. To find the change in trend rank, travel dates 03/01/2017 - 02/28/2018 were used.
Flight Destinations with the greatest year over year percent increase of the top 100 most searched-for destinations.
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 properties with the greatest year over year percent increase in clicks. Travel dates and search dates adjusted as needed to generate additional 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 above trending travel dates & overall search dates.
Top 10 Most Popular Destinations
Travel dates considered were between 10/25/2017 - 10/24/2018. To find the change in popularity rank, travel dates 10/25/2016 - 10/24/2017 were used.
Flight Destinations with the greatest number of searches for above travel dates and overall search dates.
Median Airfare Histogram: Median airfare by month for destinations based on above popular travel dates & overall search dates.
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. Travel dates and search dates adjusted as needed to generate additional 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 above popular travel dates & overall search dates.
Top 10 Beach Destinations
Travel dates considered were between 03/01/2018 - 02/28/19. To find the change in trend rank, travel dates 03/01/2017 - 02/28/2018 were used.
Flight Destinations with the greatest year over year percent increase in clicks of the top 1000 most clicked destinations. Destinations were then filtered for true beach destinations by the KAYAK Marketing Team.
Median Airfare Histogram: Median airfare by month for destinations based on above trending travel dates & overall search dates.
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 properties with the greatest year over year percent increase in clicks. Travel dates and search dates adjusted as needed to generate additional 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 above trending travel dates & overall search dates.
Top 10 Wallet-Friendly Trips
Travel dates considered were between 10/25/2017 - 10/24/2018. To find the change in median airfare and hotel rates, travel dates 10/25/2016 - 10/24/2017 were used.
Top Flight destinations, of the 100 most searched flight destinations, with the lowest overall median trip cost (flight + 3 night hotel stay). Percent difference based on comparison to overall trip cost within North America (flight + 3 night hotel) for travel and search dates indicated.
Median Airfare Histogram: Median airfare by month for destinations based on above wallet-friendly travel dates & overall search dates.
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 Wallet-Friendly Hotels: Based on properties with the lowest median hotel rate. Travel dates and search dates adjusted as needed to generate additional 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 above wallet-friendly travel dates & overall search dates.
KAYAK Picks
Travel dates considered were between 10/25/2017 - 10/24/2018.
Top 10 KAYAK Pick topics and destinations curated by KAYAK marketing team.
Median Airfare Histogram: Median airfare by month for destinations based on above KAYAK Pick travel dates & overall search dates.
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. Travel dates and search dates adjusted as needed to generate additional 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 above KAYAK Pick travel dates & overall search dates.
Monthly Deal Destinations
Travel dates considered were between 10/25/2017 - 10/24/2018. Overall guide search dates were used. To find the change in median airfare, travel dates 10/25/2016 - 10/24/2017 were used.
Flight destinations with the greatest year over year percent decrease in airfare from the top 100 searched for destinations by month.
When to Fly
For All Regions (AF, AS, CA, CB, EU, ME, NA, SA, SP) based on travel dates between 10/25/2017 - 10/24/2018 and overall guide search dates indicated.
When to Book: Median airfare from US origin to each above region by weeks out. Data was capped at 6 months (182/183 days) before departure date.