Several travel websites conducted surveys this week of available properties for the fast-approaching July 4 weekend and found everything from $100 rooms in five-star hotels in Las Vegas to $90 pads in Los Angeles and $62 overnight rates in Orlando.
"We're seeing great deals in Vegas, where prices are flat versus 2009, and 2009 was an astronomically low year," said Fulvia Montresor, senior director of merchandising at Hotwire.com. "If you want a luxury steal, Vegas is the place to go."
Rates on luxury hotel rooms in Sin City -- where 5,000 rooms have come online in the last few years alone and convention business is dragging -- dropped 11% for this July 4 weekend when compared with a similar period last year, she said. Hotwire.com offers travelers deep discounts on hotel rooms, but doesn't reveal the name of the property until after they book their trip.
Vegas ranked second on Hotwire.com's list of top 10 destinations where Independence Day revelers can find the biggest savings. Here are the top 10 in order of ranking:
- Dallas/Fort Worth
- Las Vegas
- St. Louis
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
While, in general, hotel rates and airfares are up for the Independence Day weekend compared to the rest of the summer, travelers can save on last-minute stays if they drive rather than fly, travel experts say.
The average domestic airfare for the July 4 weekend is $379 round trip, compared to $357 for the summer as a whole, according to Travelocity. Similarly, average domestic hotel rates for next weekend are clocking in at $145, the web site found, compared to $140 for the summer of 2010.
Travelocity also conducted a poll of the top destinations with the best values for the July 4 holiday. The results conflicted somewhat with Hotwire.com's survey, finding last-minute deals in Washington D.C., Boston, San Antonio, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Reno.
The Orlando area ranked first in Travelocity's survey, with an average daily rate of $118, Washington D.C. came in second with rates at $150 and South Florida third with rates at $135.
Looking to stay away from crowds? I asked Hotwire.com which cities hold the most bookings for the July 4 holiday so far. Based on its findings, it seems that many travelers already know about the best cities in which to find hotel deals over Independence Day.
Topping Hotwire.com's list of the 10 most popular cities for revelers is Chicago, followed by Boston, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Orlando, New York City, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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