Hopper is new Valentine’s Day Travel Report predicts that although flights will be cheaper than before the pandemic, hotel prices are expected to increase by almost 40% compared to 2021.
Valentine’s Day weekend, February 11-14, is expected to be a busy time to travel, although fares are more than 25% cheaper than pre-pandemic levels for domestic travel and over 20% cheaper for international flights. The average price for a round-trip domestic flight this Valentine’s Day weekend is $252; round-trip international airfare averages $625.
In the United States, hotel rates are currently $179 a night during the holidays, about 38% higher than last year’s rates during the pandemic; seven percent more expensive than other weekends in February.
The report also analyzed data from Hopper users to determine the top trending destinations for Valentine’s Day weekend. Los Angeles, California; Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee; and Atlantic City, New Jersey took the top three spots.
The more popular these destinations are, the higher the prices for hotels and airfares. Los Angeles, for example, saw its prices increase by 55% due to the Super Bowl, which also falls on Valentine’s Day weekend this year.
Other popular destinations include Orlando and Destin, Florida; Asheville, North Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; Nashville, TN; Washington D.C.; and Jersey City, New Jersey.