Consumer Watch: Fourth of July travel

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year and many Americans won't be satisfied with just a three-day weekend.

Data from travel website Orbitz found travelers stretching it to four, making Thursday the busiest and most expensive day for a flight.

Travel experts said July 3rd is actually going to be the busiest travel day. "Travel on July 4th should be about 30 percent less than on July 3rd and we're seeing that this strong demand is actually driving prices up over the holiday weekend."

Both Orbitz and AAA find slightly higher hotel rates for this holiday weekend over last year. Orbitz suggests looking beyond city limits for deals. For example, if planning a trip to the nation's capital, look across the river in Arlington, Virginia.

Experts said often times, this will net you big savings especially when things are pretty booked to capacity in the heart of the city.

AAA said about 80 percent of travelers will go by car, despite the highest gas prices for the holiday weekend since 2008. For those who don't want to hit the road or take to the skies with the masses, it may be worth it, to wait.

It will be pretty busy through the remainder of july, but come August, travelers should try to take advantage of some of the deals to these destinations.

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