Travel site Expedia has analyzed booking patterns to find the best destinations for last-minute hotel deals over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Expedia's study looked at stand-alone hotel bookings made between May 30 and Aug. 7. It compared the average daily rate, or ADR, in a given city within three days of travel to the cost of booking more than a week out. Here are the destinations where travelers can see the biggest savings when booking last-minute, along with sample prices of flights (as of Aug. 22) offered on Expedia from selected major cities, to provide a sense of the overall budget travelers might need for a last-minute trip. Note that the cost of flights may change, depending on when you book, and travelers looking for the best deals should be flexible with dates. Also, be prepared to deal with crowds. An industry trade group projects 15.6 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines over the Labor Day holiday, a 4 percent increase from last year.
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