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Labor Day Trips Will Be More Affordable This Year, But Prices Are Better if You Wait

Data from Hopper shows falling Labor Day airfare prices. But is it worth braving the traffic?
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Forbes reports that Labor Day travel will be more affordable this year, thanks to a late holiday. Data from Hopper, a travel-planning app, indicates that "prices for domestic airfare are down 14%, at around $310 roundtrip."

But travel expert Alexandra Talty writes that no matter how low prices get, they — and your travel experience — will be better a week before or a week after the holiday weekend: "Hopper estimates that if you travel the weekend before or after the holiday, you can save about 10% on airfare. Factor in the reduced crowds and lower hotel rates, and a mid-September vacation is a pretty sweet deal."

Interestingly, we've found in past years that late August (just before Labor Day) is the best time to score a (relatively) cheaper Disney World vacation, possibly because many families have plans for the following holiday weekend. This recent data reinforces the benefits of heading to the Happiest Place on Earth late in summer.

But despite Talty's recommendations, we've found that Labor Day is still a great time to score deals that just might make the crowds worth it. Last year, we saw sites like and Orbitz roll out their Labor Day sales all the way in early August, slashing sometimes more than 50% off hotel stays through the holiday weekend.

What are your late summer / Labor Day travel plans? Let us know in the comments below.

And for the best travel deals any time, visit our travel deals home page.

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Ben has been researching the best deals and offering expert financial insight at DealNews since 2014. He's been featured on Good Morning America and Fox and Friends, and has been quoted by Reuters, Time, Money Magazine, and more. Follow him on Twitter @BenDealNews.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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