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Hotwire Reveals Best Holiday Deal Destinations in a Special Edition of the Travel Savings Indicator
Travelers can Take Advantage of Deep Savings Anywhere from Warm Weather Escapes like Florida and Southern California to Winter Wonderlands like Chicago and Denver
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 18, 2012 06:02 AM
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hotwire.com®, a leading discount travel site, today released the December 2012 Hotwire® special holiday edition of the Travel Savings Indicator, which features the top five cities in North America where hotel, air and car rental rates have dropped the most as compared to the holiday season last year. With overall average hotel prices up 7 percent and air prices up nearly 2 percent over Christmas (travel December 22-26), those looking for a great deal this season can use Hotwire's extensive pricing research to find the best destinations for maximizing their travel dollars.
"Rising holiday travel costs are putting Americans in a real bind this season, but savvy travelers can still score some great deals to many popular destinations," said Clem Bason, president of the Hotwire Group. "In fact, with folks traveling back to hometowns during this time of year, several larger cities and warmer leisure destinations are seeing a drop in prices in order to attract vacationers. That means those looking for a last-minute getaway instead of a traditional holiday at home can take advantage of the savings and enjoy festive attractions at some prime locales."
Hotel Price Drops
If you're feeling lucky and hoping to come out of the holiday with a little more money in your pocket, Las Vegas, our number two destination, might be the city for you. Convention business is slow during December, resulting in a 10 percent drop on already great hotel rates. But Vegas isn't just for gamblers; the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Garden hosts their annual holiday exhibit through early January and their famous dancing fountains perform to classic holiday songs like "Carol of the Bells".
In Denver, our number three city with a six percent drop, folks can enjoy a variety of holiday activities that are sure to put you in a cheerful mood, such as the Denver Zoo's "Zoo Lights" or the Blossoms of Light at the Botanic Garden, plus performing arts favorites like "The Nutcracker" and "A Christmas Carol". Or visitors can use Denver as a home base to access world-class ski resorts like Vail and Breckenridge.
Houston and Chicago round out this list with five and four percent drops, respectively. Visitors to Houston can enjoy a variety of theatrical performances from the Houston Ballet, Alley Theater and Stages Repertory Theater, or head less than an hour away to Galveston to visit the well-known Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens. And though it may be off-season in Chicago, the Windy City has a lot of holiday activities to offer—from a Christmas tree exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry to ice skating on The Magnificent Mile.
When compared to this time last year, the top five hotel price reductions for December 2012 include:
Air Price Drops
When compared to this time last year, the top five airfare price reductions for December 2012 include:
Car Price Drops
When compared to this time last year, the top five car rental price reductions for December 2012 include:
For over 12 years, Hotwire has worked with hotels, airlines and car rental companies to fill unsold inventory. As a result, Hotwire offers travelers amazing deals, every day of the year, across a variety of markets. Through Hotwire's deep understanding of the industry and unique relationships, consumers have been able to save millions of dollars on all their travel needs.
About the Hotwire Travel Savings Indicator
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