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According to data released by Priceline.com, travelers at top destinations — including New York City (NYC) and Maui — may be pleasantly surprised by the cost of their travel this summer.
To gather the data on the "Best Summer Deal Markets," Priceline.com’s booking team examined the average daily room rates (ADR) for June through August 2014, as well as within the same three months in 2013. According to findings, Philadelphia and Maui are experiencing the highest change with a 10 percent drop, while Ocean City, Md. is a close second at 9 percent.
Other top markets include popular destinations such as Napa and Sonoma; Cancun and Cozumel; Miami; and Chicago — all at a 6 percent drop. Both Oahu and Lake Tahoe trail close behind with a 5 percent change. Santa Barbara, noted at 3 percent, closes out the list at number 20.
Inclusion in this list does not necessarily denote a cheap vacation, however. Though NYC holds the number five spot for best summer deal markets, it also ranks in Priceline.com’s list of most expensive summer destinations (its current ADR is still a high $197). Even still, packing your bags for an upcoming weekend in NYC will likely cost around 8 percent less than it would have last year.
“Consumers who shop carefully will find that, for many destinations, summer 2014 is a buyers’ market for travel,” said Brian Ek, travel editor for Priceline.com. “This past winter’s ‘polar vortex’ effect kept many would-be travelers at home, and now many destinations are working extra hard with amazing deals to lure spring and summer tourists.”