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5 Tips on Booking Labor Day Deals

Labor Day is around the corner, but deals are still out there to be found – if you follow these five tips.

  1. Be flexible about dates: Our research shows that travelers will find the best airfare by flying on Saturday, Sept. 3, and returning Tuesday, Sept. 6, instead of flying on the Friday and Monday with the crowds. In addition, hotel rates can be high for the Friday and Saturday night of a holiday weekend, but are often much cheaper for the Sunday and Monday nights.
  2. Look for the free night: Many hotels and resorts have offers that encourage you to linger a bit longer. That extra night (usually the third or fourth night) is often free or heavily discounted. Extend the trip and the extra day might not end up costing much more.
  3. Go on holiday on the actual holiday: Use the day off as a departure date for cruises and vacations. The week following a holiday is often a tough period for hotels, cruises and airlines. If you can wait to start your vacation until Sept. 5 (Labor Day), you could find a great deal.
  4. Super Sunday: Not every vacation has to be for the full weekend. Find a deal close to home and jump on it. Sunday night is often the lowest-occupancy night for hotels – and as such, deals are plentiful. (It’s even typically the cheapest night in New York City.) When a three-day weekend rolls around, this dovetails nicely into a deal.
  5. Stay local: If the recent economic woes hit close to home, then stay close to home. Score deep discounts on fun activities, dinners out, spa days and more through Local Deals in more than four dozen cities across the United States. Escape for a few hours, even if you can’t go far from home.
Our team of deal experts found, researched, test-booked and compiled a list of the best offers available over the holiday weekend, Sept. 2-5, and surrounding dates. Book quickly for best availability.

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Deal Expert, New York
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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