The Bahamas: Cruisers and all-inclusive dwellers can still get to the Bahamas’ white-sand beaches in time for a Labor Day getaway and at shockingly low rates to Nassau.
Washington, D.C.: With multiple airports for flight deals, plenty of free museums, and the National Symphony Orchestra’s free Labor Day concert outside the U.S. Capitol, hotel deals are almost an afterthought when it comes to saving money on a D.C. Labor Day getaway.
New Brunswick, Canada: Head to Canada’s maritime province of New Brunswick for rugged wilderness and — Oktoberfest? The beer-hoisting holiday comes early in the village of Bertrand for Oktoberfest Des Acadiens from Aug. 29 through Sept. 2. Looking for something for the kids? Rates at family-friendly hotels average around $150 per night, and the American dollar is still strong — so you’ll get more for what you pay.
New Orleans: A wide variety of budget flights to New Orleans combined with the downright cheap hotel rates that precede busy season (fall through spring) makes New Orleans an affordable Labor Day getaway worth springing for. And it means you’ll get there before the crowds: Fareness.com forecasts New Orleans among its top 10 fall destinations being searched for airfare right now.
St. Louis: Always affordable and home to beloved barbecue, music and the newly reopened Gateway Arch, St. Louis is even better as a Labor Day weekend getaway thanks to the annual Big Muddy Blues Festival that falls on the holiday weekend each year. Beyond blues music, the city offers plenty of craft beer and spirits to sample, a rising culinary scene, bike-able outdoor spaces and green parks to explore.
Jamaica: Feeling ambitious enough for a Caribbean Labor Day weekend getaway? Spirit has budget flights to both Montego Bay and Kingston, and Jamaica marks the holiday with plenty of hotel deals.
Burlington, Vermont: An airfare-free option for New Yorkers and New Englanders, Vermont in summer is perfect for a Labor Day weekend before the high-season crowds file in for fall and winter. You can hike, brewery hop and explore the shores of Lake Champlain while it’s still swimming weather.
Temecula, California: Escaping the city for wine country relaxation doesn’t have to be pricey if you know where to look. Swap Sonoma for SoCal and head to Temecula, California, which is home to more than 40 wineries. Temecula is about an hour from both San Diego and Orange County — which means there are multiple airport options for this Labor Day weekend getaway.
Puerto Rico: Finding affordable airfare for a Labor Day weekend getaway is no easy feat. Data from Fareness.com suggests airfare averages for the long weekend have increased across the board from 2017, with only one domestic destination seeing a year-over-year reduction in average flight prices: Puerto Rico. This is likely a result of the damage the island endured during last year’s hurricane season, but for tourism, Puerto Rico is back in action and encouraging travelers to visit. There are plenty of savings to take advantage of on the island because of this, and visiting is the best way to help Puerto Rico continue to recover from Hurricane Maria.
Scottsdale, Arizona: Hot summer temperatures make for hot savings in Arizona. Hop a budget flight to Phoenix’s affordable air hub and head to a swanky hotel for a Labor Day getaway package.