CheapOair, a flight-focused hybrid travel agency, announced its top 10 destinations for Memorial Day weekend.
The most-booked domestic Memorial Day weekend destination is Orlando, Fla., followed by Las Vegas and New York City. While Orlando is most popular, it is not the most affordable on the list. Rather, Fort Lauderdale took its spot as most affordable Memorial Day weekend destination, with an average round-trip airfare of $275, an 11 percent decrease in price from last year. The only destination among the top 10 to experience an increase in price over last year is Denver, Colo. Overall, domestic airfares are down an average of 5 percent.
The most popular international destination for Memorial Day weekend is London, followed by Cancun, Rome, Paris and Guadalajara. Overall, average international round-trip airfare increased by 2 percent this year, though some destinations experienced impressive decreases in cost, as much as 19 percent.
“Despite the unusually low fares we’ve seen during the early part of 2018, travelers should expect prices for Memorial Day to be on par with previous years,” said Tom Spagnola, senior vice president supplier relations, CheapOair. “Average airfares, international and domestic combined, are only expected to be about 2 percent lower compared to 2017. The sooner you can book your flights, the more likely it is that you’ll find a decent price.”
“The added capacity in the market has made this a great year for finding amazing deals on airfare,” added Sam S. Jain, founder and CEO, CheapOair. “However, due to the heavy demand for travel over the long weekend, consumers should try to book their flights as early as possible. Basic economy fares have a limited number of seats, so if you are looking for those extremely low prices, flexibility around when you book and when you travel will be essential.”
For all its cosmopolitan trappings, Singapore remains, at heart, a tropical island. The city planners determinedly preserved gennery and the high groves of concrete and glass, and for a complete escape from urban bustle there still remain patches of the jungle and mangroves that covered the island when Sir Stamford Raffles first established a trading outpost here in 1819.
In this era of 6,500-passenger mega-ships, any cruise vessel conveying fewer than a thousand voyagers is considered a small ship, including high-end luxury liners, deluxe expedition ships and the world’s riverboats. The focus on many small ships is the destination rather than the conveyance, the expert chat rather than the Broadway show, the watersport rather than the casino, the scenery and culture rather than the full-service spa and specialty restaurant. Passengers make a travel style choice, forgoing the options and pleasures of a resort-sized vessel for the deeper, more immersive experience of a yacht-scaled ship.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Air Tahiti Nui resumed service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Papeete (PPT) last week. To welcome travelers back to French Polynesia, Air Tahiti Nui offers fares starting as low as $775 round-trip from Los Angeles, and $789 from San Francisco (SFO). The airline also allows a free date change on all of its tickets.
Turkish Airlines, already flying to more countries than any other airline, announced its 10th U.S. gateway: Newark Liberty International Airport. Service will launch May 21, with four flights per week between EWR and Istanbul (IST). Beginning June 1, the frequency increases to daily.
Magdalena, a Maryland Bistro in The Ivy Hotel partnered with Uncle Nearest premium whiskey to create a Preakness-inspired cocktail ahead of this weekend’s event. The Laws and Lilies libation honors the contributions of Black jockeys in the early days of American horse racing. Emmanuel S. West, Jr., director of food & beverage, The Ivy Hotel, crafted the cocktail using Uncle Nearest’s 1856 Premium Whiskey.