This morning, we issued a press release announcing the most searched destinations for the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend:

“Fly.com, the world’s easiest-to-use airfare search engine, today announced America’s top 10 most popular travel destinations for Labor Day, based on data from more than 3 million user searches.

U.S. destinations dominate Fly.com’s latest study results, with New York City edging out Las Vegas as America’s favorite place to visit over Labor Day.  The Big Apple and Sin City are joined in the top five by Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The West is also well-represented, with Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu taking the seventh, eighth and tenth places respectively.  Lima is the only international destination of choice, due in large part to a $239 roundtrip airfare deal (published in June) that saved LA travelers more than $500 on regular fares.

Top Destinations (1-5) Average Domestic Fare* Top Destinations (6-10) Average Domestic Fare*
1. New York City $394 6. Chicago $354
2. Las Vegas $267 7. Los Angeles $377
3. Orlando $289 8. San Francisco $378
4. San Juan, Puerto Rico $310 9. Lima, Peru n/a
5. Fort Lauderdale $283 10. Honolulu $333

* Average Domestic Airline Itinerary Fares By Origin City for Q1 2012, U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

‘Labor Day is often thought of as the last chance for a summer vacation,’ said Warren Chang, vice president and general manager, Fly.com.  ‘Similar to the trend that we uncovered in the spring, Americans are still favoring travel within the United States – at least for this particular federal holiday.  This is likely due to aggressive deals from domestic airlines, which have recently targeted the late summer and early fall.’

Fly.com used data collected from more than 3 million user searches and extracted domestic and international flights with departure dates Aug. 25 – Sept. 1 and return dates Sept. 2 – 9.  The study period included all searches conducted June 1 – July 18, 2012.”

Labor Day Travel Deals

Our experts compiled a list of great bargains available over Labor Day weekend. Below is a short list, keep in mind that in most cases the cheapest flights are available departing on August 29-30 and returning September 4-6. Departures on August 31 tend to be the most expensive. Prices listed are for travel over Labor Day Weekend, lower prices for surrounding dates will be available.

Not to worry, we included links to our Low Fare Calendars to help you find the best possible dates to travel:

Holiday fares tend to fluctuate quite a bit, especially as it gets closer, so book as soon as possible. Most of these flights should be available in the opposite direction as well.

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Matt is an airfare deal hunter, whose amazing finds have been published in AM New York and NYTimes.com. He currently calls New York City home, but frequents Europe and the Middle East. His travels last year took him to Stockholm for $150 and Barcelona for $250 roundtrip, including taxes.

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