After one of the coldest winters on record, summer-seekers are anxiously awaiting the Memorial Day holiday. According to Travelocity’s newly released Memorial Day 2014 data, the cost of travel is up 4.2% this year, but savvy travelers can still find good deals. The full Memorial Day travel report helps travelers understand which days are the cheapest to fly and the “Price to Beat” for Memorial Day travel.
The Price to Beat
Deal-hunters can look to Travelocity’s Price to Beat as a gauge for finding great Memorial Day Deals. The Price to Beat for domestic travel is $367 for round-trip airfare, up 4.2% over 2013. For international travelers, the Price to Beat is $939 for a round-trip flight, up only 1.3% year-over-year.
What are the Cheapest Days to Fly
Based on Travelocity’s Cheapest Days to Travel Matrix, budget-conscious travelers should opt to depart on Wednesday, May 21 and return on Sunday, May 25 for an average round-trip ticket price of $338. In contrast, the most expensive days to fly this Memorial Day are a Sunday, May 18 departure and a return flight on either Memorial Day (Monday, May 26) or Wednesday, May 28, with round trip prices of $589 and $592 respectively.
“Flexibility is key when it comes to summer holiday travel,” says Travelocity Senior Editor, Courtney Scott. “Traveling on off-peak days is an easy way to save money, not to mention the benefit of less crowded airports and roads.”