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Travelocity Releases Fourth of July Booking Barometer With Price to Beat and Best Days to Travel

Reveals Top U.S. Destinations for the Holiday

Jun 12, 2012

SOUTHLAKE, Texas - June 12, 2012 - Travelocity's Fourth of July Booking Barometer shows travelers who wait to book their holiday airfare may pay more than those who book early. The average domestic airfare is $391, up almost six percent compared to $369 a year ago. Travelocity's travel experts recommend booking early to get the best price and knowing the best days to travel, particularly since Fourth of July falls between two weekends this year.

"Travelers looking for a deal should keep in mind the price to beat this Fourth of July is $391," said Courtney Scott, senior editor at Travelocity. "The good news is many of the top U.S. destinations are below the average ticket price. Remembering the best days to travel, booking vacation packages and using Top Secret Hotels are great ways to save."

When to Book Fourth of July Travel:
The Fourth of July Booking Barometer analyzed five years of historical airfare data (2007-2011) and found that airfares will continue to increase as the Fourth of July holiday nears. Based on the historical data, travelers who book at least three weeks in advance will pay an average of $342 for a domestic ticket. Those who wait until one week before the holiday to book will pay an average of $412, a 20 percent increase.

Average Domestic Airfare for Fourth of July (June 28 - July 7)


Weeks until July 4th    
Average Domestic Airfare

Three weeks out

$342

Two weeks out

$367

One week out

$412

Cheapest Days to Travel for Fourth of July:
As denoted in the chart below travelers who choose to travel after July 4th will pay between $400 and $520. For the best deals travelers should depart before the holiday and return mid-week. This could save travelers as much as $235.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return

Sunday, 7.1.12

Monday, 7.2.12

Tuesday, 7.3.12

Wednesday, 7.4.12

Thursday, 7.5.12

Friday, 7.6.12

Saturday, 7.7.12

Sunday, 7.8.12

Monday, 7.9.12

Depart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 6.28.12

$365

$384

$ 388

$394

$413

$436

$452

$513

$521

Friday, 6.29.12

$354

$360

$369

$387

$385

$414

$468

$515

$516

Saturday, 6.30.12

$333

$343

$371

$364

$395

$415

$488

$449

Sunday, 7.1.12

$288

$289

$338

$384

$393

$454

$448

Monday, 7.2.12

$368

$331

$361

$399

$426

$422

Tuesday, 7.3.12

$341

$314

$356

$387

$388

Wednesday, 7.4.12

$285

$313

$373

$376

Thursday, 7.5.12

$371

$386

$378

Top 10 Most Popular U.S. Destinations for Fourth of July (June 28 - July 7)
Travelocity July 4th data highlights the most popular destinations based on bookings. New York City has jumped from the fourth most popular destination in 2011 to number one this year. 
Rounding out the list in 2012:
1. New York City - $337 average airfare 
2. Las Vegas - $365 average airfare 
3. Orlando - $316 average airfare 
4. Los Angeles - $364 average airfare 
5. Denver - $314 average airfare 
6. South Florida - $322 average airfare
7. Washington, D.C. - $340 average airfare
8. Seattle - $412 average airfare
9 Boston - $343 average airfare
10. San Francisco - $393 average airfare

For vacation deals to the top 10 destinations and other popular destinations visit http://www.travelocity.com/deals. For more information on the Travelocity Booking Barometer, including an infographic, visit Travelocity's blog at http://www.windowseatblog.com/.

About Travelocity Global
Travelocity® is committed to being the traveler's champion - before, during and after the trip - and provides the most comprehensive and proactive guarantee in the industry (http://www.travelocity.com/guarantee). This customer-driven focus, backed by 24/7 live phone support, competitive prices and powerful shopping technology has made Travelocity one of the largest travel companies in the world. Travelocity also owns and operates: Travelocity Business® for corporate travel; igougo.com, a leading online travel community; lastminute.com, a leader in European online travel; and ZUJI, a leader in Asia-Pacific online travel. Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation, a world leader in travel marketing and distribution.