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BELLEVUE, WA – With the unofficial end of summer approaching, data analysts have unveiled noteworthy trends for the 2015 Labor Day holiday.

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BELLEVUE, WA – With the unofficial end of summer approaching, data analysts have unveiled noteworthy trends for the 2015 Labor Day holiday. In addition to identifying hot spots and top under-the-radar destinations, the team analyzed 2014 Labor Day holiday booking data and found that a mere 20% of eventual Labor Day travel accommodations had been booked in July 2014, making Labor Day a top last-minute booking holiday.

Expedia flight booking data suggests that many travelers are skipping the beach this year and opting to escape to more urban locales across North America.

Rank Destination

1) Las Vegas
2) New York City – average flight prices down 7%
3) Cancun – average flight prices down more than 10%
4) Orlando – average flight prices down 5%
5) Chicago
6) Los Angeles – average flight prices down 9%
7) San Francisco
8) Miami – average flight prices down more than 10%
9) Seattle
10) Washington, D.C. – average flight prices down 9%

Europe is Sizzling Hot This Summer

Internationally, Americans are taking advantage of favorable currency exchange rates by cashing in on hotel deals across Europe. Foreign markets seeing a rise in demand include Barcelona, Spain, where average daily hotel rates (ADR) in U.S. Dollars are down more than 20%, and Florence, Italy, where average daily rates are down more than 5%.

Other popular international destinations for Labor Day 2015 include Paris, London and Rome. Expedia and the Airline Reporting Corporation recently determined that travelers booking summer trips both to international and domestic destinations can enjoy package savings – defined as booking your hotel and air together – up to 30%, or $648, on average.

“The favorable exchange rates we’ve seen this summer are a welcome relief for travelers looking to experience Europe,” says Expedia Senior Editor Ingrid Belobradic. “Coupled with the already great promotions available, we’re seeing opportunities for strong savings this Labor Day across international and domestic destinations.”

Great Deals For Labor Day

Expedia data also revealed flight deals for travelers looking to trek across the globe:

Top Deals Destinations for Labor Day 2015

Rank Destination Average Ticket Price (ATP): 2015 from 2014

1) Toronto -27%
2) Mexico City -25%
3) Cleveland -22%
4) Houston
5) Paris

Standout hotel deals for Labor Day weekend in these international cities include: Hotel Victoria in Toronto for $124 per night; Zocalo Central Mexico City for $106 per night in downtown Mexico City; the DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown – Lakeside in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, for $154 per night; Club Quarters in Houston, Texas for $89 per night; and Hôtel Concorde Montparnasse in Paris for a mere $166 per night.

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