As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial summer travel season kicks off. If you still haven’t made your plans for the weekend, there are still a number of last minute Memorial Day travel deals.
This year, we have already seen a number of airfare hikes as the summer travel demand is up. With many of these Memorial Day travel deals, prices may be a little higher than in years past.
While many people may fly, most will be taking a weekend trip in the car. Many people may head to the beach, go camping and hiking, or just spend some time hanging out with the family doing something fun. You don’t have to go far to enjoy some fun this holiday weekend.
If you are looking for last minute Memorial Day travel deals, please note many of these aren’t advertised as airfare sales. Search for your flights with the option “my dates are flexible” to find the best deals.
However, if you are still looking for a chance to get away, here are some Memorial travel deals from American, United, Virgin American, Spirit, and Delta.
Last minute Memorial Day travel deals and flights
While many of these airlines are not advertising a Memorial Day travel sale, you can find some great deals by searching for them on their sites. Note that many of these examples are searching for flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles to give you sample airfare prices. Prices will vary by date and destination.
When possible, dates listed for flights are May 25 – 28. Please note that other flights and prices are available so select the “my dates are flexible” option on the airlines to find the best deals (if you really are flexible with your time).
For best prices, please book your flights by May 18. Many of the best deals will be gone by the end of the day on Friday.
American Airlines – purchase flights by May 18 11:59 PM CT for travel Memorial Day weekend. Depart May 25 (after 7 pm) or May 26 and return May 28 or 29. Airfares range from $61 to $172 each way for these Memorial Day travel deals.
Book Memorial Day flights on American Airlines here.
Delta Airlines – While there aren’t any advertised airfares for Memorial Day, a search on Delta for a flight from San Francisco to Los Angles for Friday May 25 – Monday May 28 was $295 round trip. While these airfares may seem a little higher, these flights were actually cheaper than leaving on Wednesday or Thursday.
Book your flights at Delta.com.
Alaska Airlines – A search on Alaska found a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles for $254 round trip leaving May 25 and returning May 28. Make sure you search on Alaska Airlines with the flexible dates option.
Book your flights on Alaska Airlines.
Virgin America – A flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles was found for $296 round trip May 25 through May 28 also. Other prices and flight schedules are available.
Book your flights on Virgin America.
Southwest Airlines - Flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles was also $296 for May 25 – May 28. Please note that all flights must be booked on Southwest’s website only. When searching for flights, you can view the calendar to see the price of flights by date.
Book your flights on Southwest Airlines.
United Airlines – The same San Francisco to Los Angles flight for May 25 – May 28 had one flight for $296. Other flights that were available were $318. Select the option for +/- 3 days to get the best prices for Memorial Day travel deals.
Book your flight on United Airlines.
And if you want to plan a summer beach getaway, Expedia can help you find the best beach for your personality style and give you the best deals with their Expedia Summer Sale.
Memorial Day travel and the beginning of summer
As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, many people will be on the road. No matter what the weather is, holiday travel means busy highways and airways. So if you are flying or driving, be careful and follow these holiday travel tips to ease the stress and get you there safely.
Many Memorial Day travel deals aren’t advertised but it doesn’t mean you still can find a last minute steal for your long holiday weekend. Summer travel season is upon and while prices are on the rise, you can always save money on vacation this summer.
Whether you are on the road, enjoying a family gathering and cookout at home, or traveling around the world, enjoy a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!
Where will you travel this Memorial Day?
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