Hotel rates, airfares and car rentals cost more this year

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The cost of airline tickets over the holiday Labor Day weekend are likely to be up nine percent compared to a year ago, and the bad news continues.
The cheapest round-trip airfares for the top 40 US air routes will be rising to $179, according to the AAA’s Leisure Travel Index.
Daily car rental rates for the weekend will jump to an average of $46, which is an increase of seven percent.
AAA Three Diamond rated hotels are predicted to go up by six percent from this time last year, with travelers spending $139 per night on average, compared with $132 a year ago. While travelers using AAA Two Diamond accommodation will have to cough up two percent more this year. That’s around $102 a night.
The AAA offers members various tools to help with planning your travel and accommodation. There are free TourBook maps and travel guides and the free AAA TripTik® Travel Planner, which can be found on the website.
The AAA is the largest motoring and touring organization in North America, and provides insurance, travel, financial and automobile-related services to almost 52 million members. Since being founded in 1902, the AAA has been a leader and an advocate for the security and safety of all travelers. It also a not-for-profit organization and it pays its taxes,
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Authored by: Richard Lee

Richard has been traveling since he took a year off from college, where he was doing a BA in Journalism. He traveled half the world, backpacking with his girlfriend (now his wife). They spent time in South America, Asia, Greece and much of Europe. After writing about his experiences for several airline and travel magazines, he never went back to college.