Entries in Labor Day Weekend (2)


Gas Up, Airfare Down for Labor Day Travel

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thirty-three million people will travel at least 50 miles from home this Labor Day weekend, a 2.9 percent increase from last year, according to AAA.  The vast majority -- 85 percent-- will go by automobile, a 3.1 percent increase compared with last year.

The increase in automobile travel comes despite rising gas prices, up 16 cents per gallon as of Tuesday from a year ago.

Decreased airfare may play a part in the rising number of air travelers this holiday weekend, expected to rise 3.7 percent.  AAA reports average domestic airfare is down 4 percent from last year.

That decrease in airfare is even deeper to some of the nation's most popular vacation destinations.  Orbitz flight booking data found airfare was flat or down to most of its top 10 Labor Day destinations.  Airfare to Anaheim, Calif., saw the most dramatic drop at 11 percent.  Las Vegas airfare decreased 9 percent and airfare to Atlanta, 6 percent.

The vast majority of holiday weekend travelers are opting to stay stateside, turning the three-day weekend into an all-American holiday.  That's according to online booking giant Priceline, which compiled the top 50 Labor Day destinations based on bookings.  Some 47 of the top 50 destinations are domestic; Niagara Falls, Montreal and Toronto are the only international spots on the list.

"It appears that the Olympics hype and favorable exchange rates didn't do enough to offset high international airfares for the holiday," Priceline spokesperson Brian Ek said in a news release.  "Major U.S. cities, however, are going to be crowded over the long weekend, as visitors get in their back-to-school and fall shopping, and enjoy the restaurants, theaters and museums."

New York, Seattle and Las Vegas appear four times each on the top 50 list, while Chicago, San Francisco and Boston make three appearances each.  Philadelphia, with four spots on the list, and Hawaii, with two spots, failed to make the top 50 list in 2011.


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Car Dealerships Overstocked for Labor Day Weekend

Comstock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- If you’re planning on buying a car over the Labor Day weekend, you’re in luck.

According to a popular search engine for cars, many dealerships will be overstocked and ready to potentially dish out some great holiday deals for prospective buyers over the holiday weekend.

The website, called Chug, released a list Friday compiling the top 50 vehicles due to crowd U.S. dealerships over Labor Day.

Chug, which maps the entire national vehicle marketplace, found that auto dealerships have the highest inventory supply of the year this Labor Day weekend, and are looking to clear their overcrowded lots for incoming 2012 models.

"If you are currently in the market for a new vehicle, there is no better time to buy than this Labor Day weekend," said Chug CEO Len Short. "Car buyers will find some of the most popular models such as the Ford F-150 and the Honda Odyssey on the over-supply list, as well as the much buzzed-about Chevrolet Volt." 

The top 10 makes and models overstocked this weekend are Nissan’s Murano CrossCabriolet, Ford’s Super Duty F-750 Straight Frame, Subaru’s Impreza Wagon WRX, Toyota’s Prius, Subaru’s Impreza Sedan WRX, Audi’s Q5, Chevrolet’s Volt, Mercedes-Benz’s SLK-Class and BMW’s 6 Series.

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