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(USA TODAY) -- New York is the No. 1 Memorial Day holiday destination for the third straight year.
A Memorial Day getaway from the office will cost a little less this year, but fliers need to move fast to get the best deal.
average price for a round-trip domestic flight, from May 23 to 28, was
$341, including taxes, according to a fare analysis by travel website
Travelocity. That's a 2% dip from the holiday period last year, while
the average price for an international round trip was $981, a 1% drop
"I think we're finally seeing a bit of softening in
demand,'' says Courtney Scott, Travelocity's senior editor."
airlines are having to counteract that to a certain degree by lowering
the prices to keep planes flying full.''
Fares, however, are
creeping up the closer we get to the Memorial Day weekend, the
unofficial start of the summer travel season, Scott says. Last week,
round-trip domestic fares were up $10, on average, over the fare lows
seen at the start of April.
For the week of May 19, fares are expected
to be $23 higher, on average, based on data from past years.
Still, there are ways to save money.
home before the actual holiday, for instance, can be a bit cheaper than
returning that Monday or a day or two later. Flying out on Thursday,
May 23, and returning on Saturday, May 25, for instance, will cost, on
average, $300 for a round-trip domestic flight. But heading out on
Friday, May 24, and coming home on Memorial Day saw the average domestic
fare bump up to $350 round trip, Scott says.
Using an airport
that's a little farther out can also save a few dollars. "Don't lock
yourself into the closest airport geographically,'' Scott says, "because
an airport a few miles away could be offering a great deal.''
the top 10 destinations booked through Travelocity for the Memorial Day
holiday, New York is No. 1 for the third year in a row.
D.C., is No. 3 and was a particularly good deal, Scott says. The average
fare to travel there dropped 6%, to $286, as compared with the holiday
period last year.
That's the steepest dip in ticket price for any of the