Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry, reported that Los Angeles is the most popular destination for airline travelers during both the 2016 Thanksgiving and Christmas travel seasons as of today. ARC’s findings, based on ticket sales data from approximately 13,000 U.S. retail and corporate travel agency locations and online travel agencies, showed that the top 10 destinations favored warmer climates within the U.S., Caribbean and Mexico overall. All flights included in the study were based on round-trip tickets for flights that originated in the U.S.
While Los Angeles topped the list for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, Orlando also proved to be a hot spot for travelers, ranking second for Thanksgiving and third for Christmas. Many travelers seem to be looking for warmer weather with trips to Cancun planned—placing fourth on the list for Thanksgiving and second for Christmas. San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and Boston all ranked in the top ten for both holidays.
Overall roundtrip ticket prices for holiday travel are down from 2015. Consumers paid an average of $454 to travel to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving, down $25 from last year, and $468 for Christmas, down $28. Roundtrip tickets to Cancun dropped nearly $100 for Christmas and $25 for Thanksgiving versus the same period in 2015.
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The 10 top Thanksgiving travel destinations for 2016 are:
1. Los Angeles
5. San Francisco
6. Las Vegas
8. New York
The 10 top Christmas travel destinations for 2016 are:
1. Los Angeles
6. San Francisco
10. Fort Lauderdale