Almost 35 million Americans are expected to travel on Labor Day weekend, an increase of 1.3% from 2013. The small year-over-year increase doesn't mean airports and freeways won't be crowded. AAA Travel says 2014 will see the highest volume of holiday travelers since the 2008 recession.
"Consumer spending continues to outpace disposable income, indicating that Americans are comfortable using their credit cards to take one last summer vacation this year," Marshall L. Doney, AAA chief operating officer, said in a statement.
Lodgings, however, are another matter. Hotels rated three diamonds by AAA have increased 6% for an average $171 per night, and two-diamond properties have gone up 9% for an average $125 per night.
Online travel booking site Hotwire says the most popular Labor Day destinations in the U.S. based on reservations made are Chicago, San Diego, New York City, Las Vegas and New Orleans, according to searches on its website. Los Angeles ranks No. 7.
American Express Travel reports top U.S. destinations for air travelers are New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orlando, Fla., and Maui.