Open Close finds low fares affect traveler destinations

1 May 2014

As people across America gear up for summer vacation, new research from reveals that low airfares are propelling many travelers to choose destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

Airfare searches to these three regions represent nearly half of the Top 50 International Summer Destinations for 2014 list.

While European hot spots such as London, Paris and Rome remain popular, this year´s favorite international destination is Cancun, Mexico, where the average roundtrip airfare costs USD127 less than last year. Cancun is joined in´s Top 50 by four other Mexican cities: San Jose del Cabo (No. 7), Puerto Vallarta (No. 10), Guadalajara (No. 33) and Mexico City (No. 35). Roundtrip airfares to these cities dropped eight percent on average, compared with 2013 prices.

Top summer summer destinations were: Cancun, Mexico; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Dublin, Ireland; Montego Bay, Jamaica; San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico; Oranjestad, Aruba; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Caribbean destinations represent nearly a quarter of the Top 50. Average roundtrip airfares to the Caribbean are four percent less than the same period last year and some fares have decreased by as much as USD359 roundtrip. Popular countries include Jamaica, Aruba and the Dominican Republic. Central American destinations also piqued travelers´ interest, where average fares to Costa Rica, Panama and El Salvador are down seven percent.

In contrast, the overall cost of a roundtrip flight to Europe is six percent higher than last summer. Flights to Athens (Greece) and Dublin (Ireland) are the best bets for travelers looking to fly across the pond on a budget. ( is an airfare search engine available in the US, U.K., Canada and Germany. scours major US airlines, international carriers and online travel sites, and then helps people easily sort and refine results by criteria such as number of stops and departure times. Unlike online travel agencies, is not a booking engine. Instead, users are referred to their preferred website for direct booking. is owned by Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO).

Travelzoo Inc. is a global Internet media company. It publishes deals from more than 2,000 travel, entertainment and local companies.


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