If you’re looking for one last hurrah to get away and seek out the sun before the fall, the airfare experts at Fly.com predict that prices for Labor Day travel will experienced a dramatic price increase three weeks before the Labor Day weekend. Which means if you don’t book your Labor Day flights before Aug. 9, you’re looking at spending an extra $170 or more.

Savings:

  • By booking early (in this case, Aug. 9), you can save up to $170 or more on the cost of flights over the long holiday weekend.

Travel Dates:

  • Sample fares below are for departure Aug. 27 and return Sept. 2. Prices will vary by travel dates, so use Fly.com Fare Calendars as a guide.

Sample Fares:

Below are some of our favorite Labor Day travel deals. Use the search box on the right to find the fares.

Roundtrip Fares from the Midwest & Texas (incl. tax):

  • Dallas-New Orleans … $87
  • Kansas City-Denver … $125
  • Detroit-Fort Lauderdale … $165
  • St. Louis-Denver … $165
  • Houston-Orlando … $193
  • Chicago-Orlando … $205
  • Minneapolis-Los Angeles … $215
  • Milwaukee-New York City … $225
  • Indianapolis-Orlando … $245
  • Austin-San Francisco … $252

Roundtrip Fares from the West (incl. tax):

  • Long Beach-Oakland … $101
  • Portland, Ore.-San Diego … $125
  • San Jose, Calif.-Portland, Ore. … $137
  • Burbank-Phoenix … $145
  • Denver-Los Angeles … $157
  • San Francisco-Seattle … $185
  • Denver-Fort Lauderdale … $215
  • Seattle-Minneapolis … $286
  • Phoenix-Boston … $292

Roundtrip Fares from the Midwest & Texas (incl. tax):

  • Washington, D.C.-Tampa … $195
  • Hartford-Orlando … $198
  • Baltimore-Fort Lauderdale … $205
  • Philadelphia-Las Vegas … $215
  • New York City-Chicago … $230
  • New York City-New Orleans … $238
  • Boston-Tampa … $242
  • Buffalo-Orlando … $242
  • New York City-Austin … $243

Roundtrip Fares from the Southeast & Florida (incl. tax):

  • Atlanta-Fort Lauderdale … $155
  • Tampa-Washington, D.C. … $178
  • Jacksonville-New York City … $182
  • Charlotte-Baltimore … $189
  • Atlanta-Denver … $197
  • Orlando-Chicago … $205
  • New Orleans-Denver … $222
  • Fort Lauderdale-Boston … $233
  • Fort Lauderdale-Los Angeles … $265

Most fares are available for the same price in the opposite direction. Also, be sure to conduct searches on Fly.com for other cities and dates, as the savings by booking in advance will apply to most domestic routes, and some international ones as well.

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Kim has been hunting flight deals and writing travel articles for over 13 years. His articles have appeared in the Boston Herald, Chicago Daily Herald, and Frommer’s Budget Travel, among other publications. Amsterdam, Bangkok, Rome, and Sydney are some of his favorite destinations and he aspires to one day live in Italy. La dolce vita!

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