Cities in Florida, Louisiana and Texas Win Top Spots for Last Minute Stateside Travel

CHICAGO, Aug. 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) ­­ The peak summer travel season is coming to a close but last minute travelers can score big savings on airfare and hotels this month, according to new data from the Orbitz® Insider Index. Traveling to top destinations in Florida, Louisiana and Texas in August can save travelers approximately 7 percent on air and another 10 percent on hotels, on average, compared to June and July travel.1

“With Labor Day just a few weeks away, travelers looking to squeeze in one last getaway before school is back in session should take advantage of lower end of season rates and late summer promotions,” said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor at “For example, Orbitz is having a summer sale through Aug. 28 with up to 50 percent off participating hotels2 plus an additional 15 percent discount using promotion code SUMMERTIME.3 Hotel sales, in particular, are great for those looking for one last big trip or travelers searching for a quick weekend staycation.”

Orbitz Insider Index: August Wins for Best of Summer Deals analysts and editors selected five domestic destinations that not only offer great deals but also can yield savings in August as compared to June and July. Throughout the summer, Orlando maintained its position as one of three most popular destinations. While airfare and hotel savings in August appear moderate, at 3 percent and 2 percent respectively, travelers can find some of the best deals of summer with many hotels offering rates below $150 per night. Travelers looking for one last beach getaway on the cheap should consider Panama City where they can find, on average, 11 percent in savings on airfare and 21 percent on hotels.

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Terms and Conditions:1The top late summer destinations is based on average airfare and hotel rates (both standalone and as part of a package) from August 1 – 31, 2016 vs. June and July, 2016. 2Offers valid at participating hotels only and are subject to availability. Offers vary by property. Minimum night stay may be required, and varies by property. Rules and restrictions, and blackout dates may apply. 3SUMMERTIME: Subject to the restrictions set out in these terms and conditions, the 15% promotion code may be applied to a qualifying stand­alone hotel (not a hotel booking in combination with any other product such as flight + hotel, or flight + hotel + car) booked online with between August 1, 2016 12:01AM CT and August 28, 2016 11:59PM CT, for 1 or more nights for travel between August 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016. Qualifying bookings instantly receive 15% off at check­out through the use of the promotion code. Limit one discount per hotel room and one promotion code per itinerary. Exclusions may apply and most major hotel chains are excluded. The promotion code cannot be redeemed against taxes, supplier fees, cancellation or change fees/penalties, administrative fees or other miscellaneous charges, which are the sole responsibility of the customer. Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Promotion codes are non­transferable, not for resale, and cannot be combined with other offers or used for any booking previously made. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Orbitz reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. Usual booking terms and conditions apply (see­other/legal.htm) and all bookings are subject to availability.

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Destination Avg. Air Ticket Savings in August vs. June and July Avg. Hotel Savings in August vs. June and July
Orlando, Fla. 3 % 2 %
New Orleans, La. 7 % 12 %
San Antonio, Texas 7 % 4 %
Gatlinburg, Tenn. 11 % 15 %
Panama City, Fla. 11 % 21 %