While gas prices are lower this Memorial Day weekend than in many previous years, hotel stays across the U.S. will come with higher price tags than last year.
Priceline.com data show 21 of the top 25 destinations booked by U.S. travelers for hotel stays this upcoming weekend will see their average daily rates increase year-over-year, some significantly. For example, Orlando, Florida’s average daily rate increased nearly 18% from last Memorial Day, $94 to $110.85 this year, while Washington D.C and Los Angeles’ average daily rates increased 10.6% and 8.8% year-over-year, respectively.
Some of the cities with the highest year-over-year increases, such as San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., also have the highest rates for this weekend.
These increases align with the overall rise in average daily rates this year. New York City has the country’s highest rate this weekend ($219.56) while Phoenix, Arizona, with stays averaging $96 per night, is among the cities with the best deals this weekend.
Given Memorial Day’s reputation as a drive holiday, conventional wisdom says lower gas prices should offset travelers’ hesitations towards paying a higher rate for hotels, but this week AAA announced the national average for a gallon of gas ($2.71) has increased 32 of the past 34 days. Though gas prices have risen in recent months, travelers will still pay about 94 cents less for gas than last Memorial Day, the lowest average for this date since 2009.
It’s worth highlighting four cities in California rank in the top ten with the highest average daily rate increases and Texas has two cities in this ranking.
Top 10 U.S. Cities With Highest Hotel Average Daily Rate Increases for Memorial Day 2015 vs. 2014
|Rank||City||2015 Avg. Daily Rate||2014 Avg. Daily Rate||% Increase YOY|
|7||St. Catharines-Niagara Falls, Ontario||$134.27||$120||11.80%|
|8||Orange County, California||$117.54||$107||9.80%|
Top U.S. Destinations With Largest Decreases in Hotel Average Daily Rates for Memorial Day 2015 vs. 2014
|Rank||City||2015 Avg. Daily Rate||% Decrease YOY|