CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This February, travelers are looking forward to a three-day weekend with two holiday observances: Presidents' Day and Valentine's Day. The Orbitz Insider Index survey shows that travelers are escaping the brutal winter storms and opting for warm weather getaways with 80 percent of the top destinations to warm climates over the long weekend.1
With airfare and hotel prices up over last year, Orbitz.com is helping budget-conscious travelers get away thanks to extra savings when using promotion codes. First time mobile users downloading the Orbitz.com app and using the code Download25 can get $25 off qualifying hotel stays booked by March 31, 2015. Travelers that have already downloaded the mobile app can take advantage of 15 percent off qualifying hotel stays with code TravelHappy through Feb. 22, 2015.3 In addition to promotion codes, Orbitz Rewards members can also earn up to 5 percent back in Orbucks when booking select hotels via desktop or the mobile app.
"Presidents' Day is always a popular weekend for travelers and with Valentine's Day the same weekend travel demand will be high which usually means higher prices," said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor for Orbitz.com. "Fortunately, a weekend getaway is still within reach for those on a budget with several sales available on Orbitz.com and hotel prices under $200 per night in over half of the top destinations."
Orbitz Top 10 Destinations for Valentine's Day/Presidents' Day Weekend
Based on Orbitz.com 2014 vs. 2015 bookings, the top insights for the three-day weekend include:
- Air prices are up a modest 2 percent over the dual holiday weekend. And, no surprise cold-weather destination Chicago is offering the most savings in comparison to last year with ticket prices averaging 9 percent less. Tickets to Las Vegas, Miami and Cancun are also down compared to 2014 prices.
- Hotel prices are up in nine of the top 10 destinations for the long weekend. New Orleans has the biggest jump with a 39 percent increase from last year, thanks to Fat Tuesday immediately following the Presidents' Day holiday.
|Orbitz Top 10 Destinations for Valentine's Day/Presidents'|
|Rank||Destination|| Average |
|1||Las Vegas, NV||$138||18%||$367||-2%|
|4||New York, NY||$255||25%||$282||-1%|
|5||New Orleans, LA||$313||39%||$444||12%|
|8||San Diego, CA||$150||10%||$370||6%|
|9||San Francisco, CA||$192||3%||$346||7%|
Top Romantic Cities
The Orbitz Insider Index survey also identified the most romantic cities in both the United States and internationally, with Honolulu as the number one destination and San Francisco in second place in the States. Synonymous with romance, Paris, not surprisingly, earned the top pick as the most romantic city in the world.
Just in time for Valentine's Day weekend through May, Orbitz is offering $15 in Orbucks with any purchase on FTD. Simply go to www.ftd.com/orbitz or dial 1-800-SENDFTD and mention promo code 35318.4 Reward yourself for sending the perfect Valentine's gift and look forward to more sweet escapes in the year ahead.
|Domestic Destinations||International Destinations|
|1||Honolulu, HI||1||Paris, France|
|2||San Francisco, CA||2||Venice, Italy|
|3||Charleston, SC||3||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|4||Santa Fe, New Mexico||4||Quebec City, Canada|
|5||Miami, FL||5||Melbourne, Australia|
Terms and Conditions
1 The Orbitz Presidents' Day survey was fielded by Orbitz from Jan. 27-29, 2015 via insightexpress 320 U.S. adults aged 18 and older who had traveled within the past twelve months were surveyed.
2Top 10 Valentine's Day/Presidents' Day travel destinations and average hotel prices are based on Orbitz.com hotel bookings for travel from 2/13-2/17/15 vs. the coinciding holiday period last year, 2/14-2/18/14.
Book a qualifying hotel between January 1, 2014 12:01PM CST and March 31, 2015 11:59PM CST, for $100 or more and for 2 or more nights for travel between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, via Orbitz app on a smart phone or tablet and instantly receive $25 off through the use of the promotion code. Limit one discount per hotel room and one promotion code per booking. Discount may not be used toward the booking of a vacation package. Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Promotion codes are non-transferable, not for resale, and cannot be combined with other offers. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. Orbitz reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. Most major chains are excluded.
Book a qualifying hotel through February 22, 2015 11:59PM CST, for 1 or more nights for travel between January 27, 2015 and June 30, 2015, via Orbitz and instantly receive 15% off through the use of the promotion code. Limit one discount per hotel room and one promotion code per booking. Discount may not be used toward the booking of a vacation package. Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Promotion codes are non-transferable, not for resale, and cannot be combined with other offers. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. Orbitz reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. Most major chains are excluded, to find participating hotels look for the "PROMO CODE ELIGIBLE" message.
Offer is only valid for purchases made 2/1/15- 5/31/15. To receive $15 in promotional Orbucks, you must order online at www.ftd.com/orbitz or dial 1-800-SENDFTD and mention promo code 35318. You must be an existing Orbitz Rewards member or agree to have a FREE Orbitz Rewards account set up for you subject to Orbitz Rewards Terms & Conditions. Eligibility for the Orbucks grant is based on completed sales (excluding cancellations) and on the date the product is delivered, rather than the order placement date. See site for more information on our delivery policies. Quantities may be limited. Offer subject to change without notice. Promotional Orbucks expire if not redeemed within 60 days of issuance. Offer is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. Please allow 2 weeks for posting of Orbucks to your account.
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