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Labor Day weekend airfares expected to drop from recent years

Airfares typically soar for travel around Labor Day weekend. This year is no exception. From Aug. 16 until the start of the Labor Day weekend, domestic airfares will shoot up nearly 30%, according to an analysis by the travel site CheapOAir. After all, everybody wants to get away for the last holiday...

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