Orbitz Highlights Top Memorial Day Destinations and Budget-Friendly Alternatives That Serve up Savings of Over 35 Percent

Mon May 20, 2013 7:00am EDT

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CHICAGO, May 20, 2013-Summer may not officially start until June 21 but Memorial Day weekend serves as the kick-off to the busy summer travel season. The Orbitz Insider Index ranks the top destinations for travelers this Memorial Day and highlights how to have your cake and eat it too by opting for hotels just outside the city center priced at a discount.

"Budget conscious travelers should look outside the city's epicenter and consider lesser known but convenient neighborhoods for great hotel deals this Memorial Day weekend," said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior travel editor for Orbitz.com. "There is no reason to forego a fun trip for the long weekend due to budget, instead remember 'outside is in' and stretch your dollar by opting for, say, a hotel in Mission Valley instead of the Gaslamp in downtown San Diego."

The draw of the bright lights and big city make up the top spots with Las Vegas again taking the top spot, followed by New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. respectively, based on Orbitz hotel bookings. Many top destinations identified provide easy access to cheaper neighborhoods just outside the city center. With easy access to big city attractions, travelers can enjoy the heart of the action at a reasonable price.

Consumers are determined to take their vacation and still make a long weekend getaway possible-a recent surveyby Orbitz showed nearly 34 percent are eating at least some meals in their hotel room to cut costs.1 To save even more, Orbitz - the official online travel site of the long weekend - is providing travelers an exclusive Memorial Day savings of 15 percent off qualifying hotels across every market. Visit www.orbitz.com/longweekend to take advantage of the offer before it expires on May 26, 2013 with promo code SUNFUN15.

Top 10 Destinations

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Alternative Accommodations

Neighborhoods/Suburbs
Savings
Las Vegas $135 East of Strip $98 27%
New York $285 Upper West Side $200 30%
Chicago $172 The Loop $154 10%
Washington, D.C. $173 Georgetown - Foggy Bottom $132 24%
Cancun $218 Playa del Carmen $205 6%
Orlando $107 Downtown $82 23%
San Francisco $186 Pacific Heights - Marina $167 10%
San Diego $141 Mission Valley $107 24%
London $259 King's Cross - St  Pancras $165 36%
New Orleans $171 Central Business District $160 6%

For more information on how travelers will spend their Memorial Day weekend view the Orbitz Memorial Day/Summer Travel infographic.

Orbitz Editors' Picks: Best Memorial Day Destinations for Stretching Your Budget

Las Vegas-bound travelers will win big over Memorial Day weekend with attractive average daily rates of $135. The long weekend's number one destination offers glitz and glamour from day to night-the day pool scene is in full effect with celebrities dropping by throughout the weekend and Vegas' mainstays like Shania Twain and Love Cirque du Soleil keeping things going well into the night. Avoiding the crowd and staying just east of the strip drops hotel rates below $100 for a 27 percent savings.

London may seem out-of-reach for Memorial Day but booking a hotel in the newly reconditioned King's Cross neighborhood can save 36 percent off average hotel rates in London-proper, making a trip to England very much possible. New restaurants, retailers and a booming cultural scene make King's Cross a destination in and of itself but it also easy proximity to anywhere in London via the King's Cross St Pancras hub - a major rail station with several train systems including Eurostar and six London Underground lines. With the countdown to Katherine and William's bundle of joy, Memorial Day is a great time to cross the pond to visit London and beat the summer crowds.

Washington, D.C. is the epitome of patriotism on this national holiday. The District pulls out all the stops for Memorial Day weekend, kicking off Friday night with free jazz in the National Gallery of Art; followed by a free concert by the National Symphony Orchestra in the National Mall on Sunday evening; and a big finale on Monday with a National Memorial Day Parade down Constitution Avenue. Booking a hotel in scenic Foggy Bottom with easy access to the Metro system and Georgetown nets a savings of 24 percent off staying in the heart of Washington, D.C.

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1The Orbitz summer survey was fielded by Orbitz from April 1 - 10, 2013 via insightexpress. 750 U.S. adults aged 18 and older who had traveled within the past twelve months were surveyed.               2The Orbitz top ten Memorial Day destinations were ranked based on all hotel bookings made on Orbitz.com by May 8, 2013 for arrivals between May 24-27, 2013.

About Orbitz.com

Orbitz.com is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and book an array of travel products and services, including flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, and vacation packages. Since launching its website in June 2001, Orbitz.com has become one of the largest online travel sites in the world and has led the industry with innovations including the Orbitz Matrix Display and Orbitz Price Assurance. The Matrix Display revolutionized the way the travel industry displayed fares and makes it quick and easy for consumers to compare flights, rental cars and vacation packages. Orbitz.com also offers "Insider Steals," a weekly, members-only flash sale that provides exclusive deals for handpicked hotels in top destinations around the world as well as "Mobile Steals," exclusive hotel deals of up to 50% off in the most popular destinations around the world, available to mobile consumers via m.orbitz.com and the full suite of Orbitz mobile apps. On Orbitz.com consumers can search a broad range of suppliers worldwide. Orbitz.com is owned by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW). Stay connected to Orbitz.com with sale alerts, exclusive promotions and engaging conversations by following Orbitz on Facebook, Twitter and the Orbitz Travel Blog.

About Orbitz Worldwide

Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) is a leading global online travel company that uses innovative technology to enable leisure and business travelers to search for, plan and book a broad range of travel products and services including airline ticketshotelscar rentalscruises, and vacation packages. Orbitz Worldwide owns a portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com), ebookers (www.ebookers.com) and HotelClub (www.hotelclub.com).  Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Partner Network (www.orbitz.com/OPN) delivers private label travel solutions to a broad range of partners including many of the world's largest airlines, and Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com) delivers managed corporate travel solutions for corporations.

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