It’s Not Too Late to Book a Cheap Flight for Labor Day Weekend

Aug 13, 2019

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Want to squeeze in one last vacation with the family before summer ends?

Good news — it’s still not too late to book your Labor Day Weekend getaway without blowing the budget. In fact, with all the recent sales popping up (like Expedia’s “Let’s Go sale,” for example), now is the time to get serious if you decided you want one more trip this summer. The absolute best Labor Day Deals may have already been scooped up in early July, according to a study by Hipmunk, but all is not lost for planning procrastinators.

Not Too Late for Cheap Labor Day Fares

A new study by travel search engine site, reveals that if you book Labor Day Weekend airfare between Aug. 13 and Aug. 23, you’re likely to score a median airfare between $230 to $260. (If that sounds pricey, you can instead grab a last-minute summer fare on Frontier for just $15.)

According to this study, some of the cheapest Labor Day destinations available right now include: Orlando ($177), Raleigh ($191), Ft. Lauderdale ($194), Denver ($206), New Orleans ($210), Boston ($212), Austin ($217). 

Rocky Mountains National Park in Colorado - (Courtesy of Shutterstock)
Rocky Mountains National Park in Colorado – (Courtesy of Shutterstock)

The Best Credit Cards for Airfare Purchases

Of course, specific flight prices can vary wildly depending on your specific route, so here are top 10 ways to search for the best airfare from your hometown and a guide on becoming a wizard of utilizing Google Flights to spot the best deals. For example, here are some Labor Day Weekend flight deals available via Google Flights out of NYC. If you find a good deal on cash, paying with fixed-value points allows you to pounce on good airfare and keep cash safely in your wallet.

Image from Google Flights

Where to Go for Labor Day

When trying to narrow down the Labor Day Weekend destination choices, we recommend checking out the TPG list of the best places to travel in August and September. The list is a little light on domestic destinations, but you will find places such as Michigan and Vermont, which have much more comfortable late-summer climates than say … Orlando and Austin.

If you need more inspiration, identified these cities as trending for Labor Day travel based on search volume: Hilton Head, Martha’s Vineyard, Kona, Austin, Key West, Panama City, Aspen, Cozumel, St. Lucia and St. George.

Escape to Kona (Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)
Escape to Kona (Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)

If the kids are coming along for the adventure, here are some fun summer spots to consider (and where to stay when you get there).

Prepare for Busy Airports

As you are planning out your Labor Day Weekend trip, keep in mind that actual travel on Labor Day weekend tends to be very busy — and we mean record-breaking numbers. So, we suggest you arrive early at the airport so you don’t have to rush through security. You can also sign up for TSA PreCheck or CLEAR to cut out the wait altogether. Here are the best credit cards for TSA PreCheck.

Be sure and brush up on our tips for having a successful getaway during even the busiest holiday travel periods.

For the latest travel news, deals and points and miles tips please subscribe to The Points Guy daily email newsletter.

Featured image courtesy of the Hilton Head Marriott Resort

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
Regular APR
16.24% - 23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.