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Who says getting away for the long weekend has to be expensive? We've already covered the best getaways that should be on your travel radar—here, we present more ways to save money this Labor Day weekend.
Pay attention to last-minute deals and be flexible with your travel dates
Family travel expert Anne Taylor Hartzell of HipTravelMama.com says to keep an eye out for exclusive offers made by your favorite brands on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter, and to use mobile apps to book on the go for access to last-minute deals. Check out festivals and events happening in your area or if all else fails, consider adjusting the dates of your trip around the holiday weekend to avoid high prices: try to leave on the Wednesday or Thursday before Labor Day and come home Tuesday to escape crowds, or if possible, postpone your travel dates until the week after the holiday when hotel and airline prices will be more reasonable.
Consider visiting an alternative city
Hotwire.com recently released a study of the five most popular destinations visited during Labor Day weekend and listed recommendations for alternative cities with a similar feel that you can visit for less. The results included visiting Indianapolis instead of Chicago for 53% savings; visiting Toronto instead of New York City for 39% savings; visiting Reno instead of Las Vegas for 19% savings; visiting Washington D.C. instead of Boston for 50% savings; and visiting St. Louis instead of Atlanta for 23% savings. Amount of savings based on hotel bookings made on Hotwire.com between Jun. 15th and Aug. 5th for stays between Aug. 30th and Sept. 2, 2013.
If you're anywhere near Atlanta: free concerts and discounts at top family attractions
Lovers of all things Coca-Cola will be thrilled to hear about discounts for Fan Days at the World of Coca-Cola from Aug. 27th to Sept. 3rd. Purchase tickets through this link to receive $3 off general admission—buying tickets online to the Georgia Aquarium through this link also gets you a $3 discount off their regular admission prices. A free concert will also take place on Saturday, Aug. 31st in Centennial Olympic Park—stop by between noon and 4:30 p.m. to see performances by Uncle Kracker and Sheryl Crow. If you'd like to support a good cause this Labor Day weekend, try Action Dash, a family-friendly 5K where participants don super hero costumes and run through Piedmont Park to raise money for Action Ministries, a non-profit organization helping Georgia residents fight poverty. The event also takes place in four other Georgia cities on Labor Day: Athens, Augusta, Gainesville, and Rome.
Keep an eye out for hotel deals in big cities
Red Roof Inn is having a big Labor Day weekend sale at several of its locations in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. Here's the breakdown:
Red Roof Inn Chicago Downtown—Magnificent Mile: Rooms start at $149.99 per night.
Red Roof Inn Chicago—Willowbrook: Rooms start at $69.99 per night.
Red Roof Inn New York—LaGuardia Airport: Starting at $119.99 per night .
Red Roof Inn Seacaucus—Meadowlands: Starting at $113.39 per night (located in New Jersey near the Meadowlands Sports Complex with easy access to New York City via the Lincoln Tunnel).
Red Roof Inn San Francisco Airport: Rooms starting at $124.99 per night.
Red Roof Inn Baltimore—Washington D.C./BWI Airport and Red Roof Inn Baltimore—Washington D.C./BW Parkway: Rooms starting at $71.99 per night.