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Orbitz Insider Index Reveals Most Popular 2009 Labor Day Weekend Destinations

Index highlights where travelers will get the most for their money over summer's last big holiday weekend

CHICAGO, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest travel weekends of the season for a reason - it's Americans' last chance for a long weekend getaway before summer slips away. This edition of the Orbitz Insider Index reveals both where travelers are celebrating this holiday weekend and where they will find some of the biggest savings for a late-summer escape.

"Labor Day weekend may mark the end of the summer season, but it's just the beginning of great shoulder season travel deals," said Heather Leisman, senior director of merchandising for Orbitz Worldwide. "With discounts and promotions in top destinations around the country, consumers looking to take a late summer or early fall trip will find plenty of reasons to travel."

Orbitz Insider Index - Top Labor Day Weekend Destinations

While Las Vegas and New York retain the top spots in the Index, a number of other positions have changed with Cancun and Honolulu moving up in the ranking. What's particularly notable is that the average cost of a hotel has decreased significantly year-over-year in many of the top destinations, with the biggest savings being seen in Seattle (-33%), Honolulu (-26%), Cancun (-24%) and New York (-22%).

                            The Orbitz Insider Index
          Top 10 Labor Day Weekend Destinations (Sept. 4 - 7, 2009)*

                               Average                             Average
                                Daily                               Daily
    2009                        Hotel     2008**                    Hotel
    Ranking    Destination      Rate      Ranking   Destination     Rate

    1         Las Vegas, NV      $108     1        Las Vegas, NV      $136
    2         New York, NY       $191     2        New York, NY       $245
    3         Cancun, Mexico     $151     3        Chicago, IL        $154
    4         Honolulu, HI       $111     4        Cancun, Mexico     $199
    5         Chicago, IL        $127     5        Atlanta, GA        $148
    6         Atlanta, GA        $121     6        San Francisco, CA  $138
    7         San Francisco, CA  $142     7        Seattle, WA        $178
    8         Seattle, WA        $118     8        Anaheim, CA        $111
    9         San Diego, CA      $195     9        Honolulu, HI       $151
    10        Paris, France      $164    10        Boston, MA         $205

    *  Based on Air, Hotel & Package net bookings as of August 7, 2009 on for travel from September 4 - 7, 2009.
    ** Based on Air, Hotel & Package bookings on for travel from
       August 29 - September 1, 2008.

Travelers who may still be considering a getaway for the long weekend, but haven't yet booked, will find plenty of deals for an affordable last-minute summer escape. Examples of 3-night airfare + hotel packages*** on over Labor Day weekend include:

  • New York to Tampa - Airfare + 3-nights at the 4-Star Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, from $389 per person
  • Atlanta to Chicago - Airfare + 3 nights at the 4-Star Palmer House Hilton, from $394 per person
  • Minneapolis to San Francisco - Airfare + 3 nights at the 4-Star San Francisco Marriott, from $500 per person
  • Seattle to San Diego - Airfare + 3 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Solamor - A Kimpton Hotel, from $568 per person
  • Chicago to Las Vegas - Airfare + 3 nights at the 4-Star Palms Casino Resort, from $739 per person

***Prices as of August 18, 2009, subject to change.

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