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Travelers Looking at Fall as Prime Time to Vacation: Orbitz Survey Shows 68 Percent of Americans Planning a Trip before Thanksgiving

Las Vegas tops Orbitz Insider Index of most popular fall destinations; Orbitz reveals mountain and beach spots with the most savings off peak periods

CHICAGO, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The lure of lower prices and fewer crowds have convinced 68 percent of respondents to plan a trip before Thanksgiving, according to a recent Orbitz survey of 750 U.S. travelers.

The top spots for travelers to head this fall are Las Vegas, New York and Chicago according to Orbitz Shoulder Season Insider Index, which ranks the most popular fall destinations based on hotel bookings. Disney destinations Orlando and Orange Country also made the list, while international locales London and Paris rounded out the top 10.  

Other highlights from the Orbitz Fall Travel Insider Index and Fall Travel Survey include:

  • 68 percent of respondents plan to take a vacation after Labor Day and before Thanksgiving, bucking the misconception that fall is a down period for leisure travel
  • Las Vegas tops the list as the top fall travel destination, driven by budget-friendly hotel rates of $105/night and the busy college football and NFL season in the sports books
  • 39 percent of survey respondents deem fall the most economical time of year to travel, followed by summer (23 percent), winter (20 percent) and spring (18 percent)
  • As the election heats up, Washington D.C. offers affordable prices - $144/night for a hotel and average airfare of $320

Orbitz Insider Index: Top 10 Fall Destinations(1)






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(1)Top 10 fall travel destinations based on hotel bookings for travel from September 4 – Nov 20, booked as of September 4, 2012.

"There used to be a misconception that the leisure travel season ended after Labor Day, but now we're seeing people really embrace fall as the perfect time to vacation," said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior travel editor for  "Not only are you avoiding the crowds you find during the busier summer months but in many places you can grab really amazing savings, especially in beach or mountain locales where you'll find a slight dip in temperature but a huge drop in price."  

Because mountain and beach destinations offer the most bang for the buck during shoulder season, Orbitz pulled price data to find popular spots where travelers can save up to 56 percent off what they would pay during peak periods.

Orbitz Index: Best Bargain Mountain & Beach Vacations for 2012 Fall Shoulder Season (2)

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(2)Savings based on the average daily hotel rate in these destinations for bookings made on for travel from September 4 – Nov 20 as compared to each destination's most expensive month.  

Orbitz Fall Sale(3)
Taking great fall deals a step further, Orbitz is offering fantastic savings on a wide variety of vacations ranging from leaf-peeping excursions to golf getaways through its annual Fall Sale. Save up to 40% off participating hotels when you book by October 31. More information on the Fall Sale and participating hotels can be found here:  Orbitz Fall Sale.

(3)Offers valid at participating hotels only and are subject to availability. Offers vary by property. Rules, restrictions, and blackout dates may apply.

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