Many Americans treat Labor Day as one last hurrah to get away and seek out the sun before the fall. But when is the best time to book?

Well, here at Fly.com, we have crunched the numbers and not surprisingly found that the earlier you book the better. More importantly, based on last year’s data, we have discovered that a failure to book Labor Day flights before Aug. 9 could cost you a pretty penny – as much as $170 or more. We found that fares to popular Labor Day destinations experienced a dramatic price increase three weeks before the Labor Day weekend (Aug. 9-16).

If history repeats itself, this means that those travelers still looking to purchase flights to destinations like Fort Lauderdale, Honolulu, Las Vegas, and San Juan (Puerto Rico) could be running out of time to score lower fares.

But what if you are not sure about where to travel to this Labor Day?

Don’t worry; we have your back. Here is a rundown of some of the best airfares that we have found in recent days. All fares roundtrip, including taxes.

  • Dallas-New Orleans … $87
  • Denver-Las Vegas … $131
  • Baltimore-Myrtle Beach … $135
  • San Francisco-Palm Springs … $163
  • Atlanta-Denver … $197
  • Boston-Chicago … $199
  • Chicago-Orlando … $205
  • Minneapolis-Los Angeles … $215
  • New York City-New Orleans … $238

For a complete list of today’s best Labor Day fares, visit Fly.com/LaborDay.

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Michelle is director of public relations for Fly.com. A British native, Michelle has lived on three continents but, more importantly, she is an avid traveler. She is also an adventure enthusiast and her travels have included bungee jumping off Victoria Falls, kayaking to see brown bears (Alaska), surfing in Costa Rica, driving cattle in Wyoming, stunt flying in Hawaii, and swimming with sharks in Bora Bora.

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