Surprising Weekends with the Hottest Travel Rates in 2020

According to a recent YouGov study, nearly half (49%) of Americans are making a new year’s resolution to save money and travel more (25%) this year. Now that’s a resolution we can get behind, so for those of you looking to get the best bang for your buck to get away, Hotwire’s got you covered!

We analyzed last year’s booking data* for the hottest hotel rates and found the most affordable weekends to travel aren’t during the off-seasons as you might think, but are actually holiday weekends! Crazy, we know, but no funny business here.

Hotwire’s best rates of each month landed on major holidays including Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July and Halloween, which mean affordable travel is now possible on these high-demand weekends thanks to our un-advertised Hot Rate deals that offer a secret rate at up to 55% retail prices. In fact, data shows that Thanksgiving topped the list as the most affordable weekend in November!

Our predictions for the most surprising weekends with the hottest travel rates in 2020 are:


  • January 31 – February 2 (Groundhog Day)
  • February 28 – March 1 (Leap Day)
  • April 10-12
  • May 8-10 (Mother’s Day)
  • June 19-21 (Father’s Day)
  • July 3-5 (Fourth of July)
  • August 21-23
  • September 4-6 (Labor Day)
  • October 30 – November 1 (Halloween)
  • November 27-29 (Thanksgiving)
  • December 18-20


“Microcations, or what we call 2-3 night ‘quickie’ getaways, continue to be a trend in the new year,” says Melissa Postier, Hotwire brand director. “Holiday weekends commonly see high demand and therefore higher hotel rates for these types of trips, but when booking our mystery Hot Rate deals, our data shows that travelers can actually snag the lowest prices during the busiest travel weekend of the month. With those kind of unexpected deals, it’s the perfect way to get in an extra trip, or score a luxury hotel for the occasion – peak times and off-seasons included!”

Want to make sure you always know what weekend make for the perfect getaway? We got you – Download our 2020 Calendar Desktop Wallpaper HERE!


*Hotwire Hotel Average Daily Rates for the entire weekend (Fri-Sun) based on travel bookings between December 14, 2018 and December 22, 2019.

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