October 3, 2022

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New Hotels.com pricing index reveals when and where to score best hotel rates this summer

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“Hotels typically increase their rates when demand is high during the busy summer travel season,” says Melissa Dohmen, spokesperson and lodging expert at Hotels.com. “But this year more than ever we’re starved for a proper summer vacation, and it’s dialing up competition for rooms and rates in top destinations. Add in that this is happening at a time when everything seems to cost more, and it’s easy to see why some travelers are starting their vacation in search of a good deal.”

Summer Savings Outlook
According to Hotels.com, travelers can expect to pay more for their hotel rooms this summer than in 2019. Current average rates are above $200 a night in top destinations. Some of the most expensive U.S. destinations to book a hotel this summer include the Hamptons, Maui, and Telluride.

Internationally, the best hotel rates are in South America, the Nordics, parts of Western Europe and the Caribbean. Cities in Denmark, the Netherlands and Bahamas are almost 15% cheaper this summer compared with 2019, whereas rates in Italy and France are up about 25%. Saint-Tropez and Turks and Caicos topped the list for overall most expensive summer getaways.

According to Dohmen, vacationers can find plenty of summer savings by planning trips to destinations that are trending cheaper this summer and traveling when rates are at their lowest. “Consider destinations outside of your usual vacation spots and if you don’t have to stick to a specific travel date, book during non-peak travel times. Mid-May and the latter part of August can be great times to save as seasonally high prices haven’t ramped up yet.”

Hot Deals on Domestic Travel
Fans of the great outdoors, city life or beaches can save this summer depending on when and where they travel. Hotels.com analyzed thousands of rates on its site and mobile app to generate a month-by-month guide on where to go to uncover below-average nightly rates across the country.

  • May: Get an early start on outdoor adventures
    • Carlsbad, New Mexico: $125
    • White Mountains, New Hampshire: $145
    • Lake Powell, Arizona: $155
  • June: Hit the water
    • The Oregon Coast: $160
    • South Shore Beaches, Massachusetts: $220
    • San Juan (Washington) Islands: $235
  • July: Visit big cities for less
    • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: $225
    • San Francisco, California: $230
    • Los Angeles, California: $235
  • August: Explore small cities with big charm
    • Boulder, Colorado: $170
    • Portland, Oregon: $170
    • Austin, Texas: $190

International Travel for $200 or Less
As travel restrictions ease in many parts of the world, globetrotters are eager to go abroad again. Lucky for them, the Hotels.com Hot Price Index uncovered international destinations with rates at or below $200 a night.

  • May: Take a trip to Northern and Western Europe
    • Brussels, Belgium: $140
    • Glasgow, Scotland: $145
    • Zurich, Switzerland: $200
  • June: Explore south of the border
    • Buenos Aires, Argentina: $75
    • Mexico City, Mexico: $95
    • Lima, Peru: $100
  • July: Go sightseeing in France, Germany and Austria
    • Paris, France: $125
    • Berlin, Germany: $135
    • Vienna, Austria: $165
  • August: Walk the streets of a capital city
    • Madrid, Spain: $135
    • Sydney, Australia: $145
    • Copenhagen, Denmark: $210

As a reminder, travelers should check for travel advisories and restrictions in their vacation destination and always follow health and safety guidance from health officials and local authorities.

For more information, including a full list of destinations featured in the Hotels.com Hot Price Index and intel on where to save the most this summer, contact Melissa Dohmen and the Hotels.com press office ([email protected]).

Notes to Editors
The Hotels.com Hot Rate Index was compiled from April 1-12, 2022, based on current rates on Hotels.com and mobile apps for travel booked May 1August 31, 2022. Rates are variable and subject to change.

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