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Memorial Day Airfare at Lowest Point in Years

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Memorial Day Airfare at Lowest Point in Years

Memorial Day Airfare at Lowest Point in Years

SOUTHLAKE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Travelocity’s Memorial Day data report shows that the overall average airfare for travel on Memorial Day weekend, including both domestic and international bookings, is as low as airfare from 2006, despite an inflation rate of approximately 5 percent since then. According to Travelocity’s data, the overall average airfare for Memorial Day is $357, down 12 percent from last year, with international fares taking the steepest decline.

“International fares had been slower to decline than domestic fares but have taken a plunge for the holiday,” Amy Ziff, Travelocity’s editor-at-large, said, adding that international fares are 13 percent lower than last year. “With international capacity cuts planned for the fall, fares will likely increase. Travelers who have the discretionary income to do so should take advantage of these low fares while they last.”

International Fares

“Even though Memorial Day is largely a domestic holiday, and domestic fares are good, international travel is an even better value right now,” says Ziff. International airfares average $610 for Memorial Day, which is $50 lower than fares from back in 2005. When compared to last year, buyers save more than $100 on average.

International Deal Destinations for Memorial Day

  • Cancun ($414, down 14 percent)
  • Vancouver ($449, down 15 percent)
  • Dublin ($580, down 30 percent)
  • London ($713, down 20 percent)

*The international fares above are based on averages for roundtrip flights for Memorial Day weekend as of the week of April 5, 2009. Savings may vary depending upon origination airport, travel dates, and other factors.

Domestic Fares

This Memorial Day marks the first in two years where the average cost of a domestic ticket is below $300. At $295 on average, domestic fares for Memorial Day weekend follow the pricing trend for 2009, declining approximately 10 percent over last year.

Domestic Deal Destinations for Memorial Day

  • Washington DC ($245, down 18 percent)
  • Denver ($247, down 15 percent)
  • New Orleans ($252, down 12 percent)
  • Boston ($265, down 21 percent)
  • San Francisco ($280, down 10 percent)

*The domestic fares above are based on averages for roundtrip flights for Memorial Day weekend as of the week of April 5, 2009. Savings may vary depending upon origination airport, travel dates, and other factors.

For more information on Memorial Day getaways, visit The Window Seat® Travel Blog.

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