The Top Destinations for Last-Minute End-of-Summer Deals

Dentist’s Money Digest

Want to get away before summer winds to a close? Try these cities for last-minute savings.

Top Destinations last Minute End of Summer

Want one more vacation before summer’s end but your budget is low? The least expensive US city for a getaway before Labor Day is New Orleans, according to the TripIndex Cities, a cost-comparison study issued annually by TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site. The most expensive city is Orlando, FL, even though it is in the south, a region TripAdvisor tags as offering the least costly three-night getaways.

TripAdvisor analyzed costs by comparing the June to September fees for three nights in a four-star hotel, a visit to three attractions, lunch and dinner daily, and the cost of an Uber or taxi ride to and from the nightly restaurant for two travelers. Using those parameters, vacations in the south came to $1,250 on average, or nearly $600 less than a similar trip in western cities.

“Hotels represent a significant portion of the travel budget and savvy travelers who book their accommodations in one of the least expensive cities can save 30% on average compared to hotel prices in the most expensive cities,” says Brooke Ferencsik, TripAdvisor’s senior director of communications.

Least Expensive US Cities (Based on TripAdvisor’s three-night comparisons for two people traveling)

New Orleans

New Orleans, 3-night getaway as described above, costs $1,148
Houston, $1,190
Las Vegas, $1,195
Atlanta, $1,296
Dallas, $1,315
Miami, $1,359
Washington, DC, $1,406
Philadelphia, $1,483
San Diego, $1,491
Minneapolis, $1,516

Most Expensive US Cities (Based on TripAdvisor’s three-night comparisons for two people traveling)

Orlando Florida

Orlando, FL $2,217
Honolulu, $2,088
Seattle, $1,917
Boston, $1,840
New York City, $1,826
Los Angeles, $1,814
San Francisco, $1,756
Denver, $1,634
Portland, OR, $1,568
Chicago, $1,516.

At this price, Chicago seems to tie with Minneapolis for the 10th least expensive city. Hmm.

Least Expensive International Destinations

Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City

Sometimes big data driven surveys lack common sense. You wouldn’t likely choose to visit three of TripAdvisor’s top five least expensive international destinations on a summer vacation because you would be soaked by the monsoons and heavy rains in Vietnam, Thailand, and India. The hotel rooms are cheap, but I wouldn’t call that a bargain trip. With that caveat, here’s TripAdvisor’s top five picks:

Hanoi, Vietnam, $497 for 3-night getaway for two
Mumbai, India, $565
Cape Town, South Africa, $583
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, $627
Bangkok, Thailand, $645

Most Expensive International Destinations

New York City

New York City, $1,826. Average hotel rate in summer, $369
Tokyo, Japan, $1,519.  Average hotel rate in summer, $267
London, UK, $1,41.  Average hotel rate in summer, $268
Cancun, Mexico, $1,364. Average hotel rate in summer, $329
Paris, France, $1,232. Average hotel rate in summer, $254

Happy end-of-summer vacations.

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