SAN FRANCISCO - Hotwire.com announced additional results from its third annual American Travel Behavior Survey, conducted online in October 2013 by Harris Poll on behalf of Hotwire among 2,020 U.S. adults ages 18+. The survey found that 21 percent of Americans intend to be more deal-conscious when booking travel in 2014. With savings in mind and spring break right around the corner, Hotwire has unveiled its annual Travel Value Index, which showcases the top 10 destinations that offer the best combination of value, entertainment options and attractions throughout 2014. This year's index is filled with southern charm, featuring destinations like Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Nashville, while the southwestern city of Albuquerque resurfaces after a year of absence.
The Hotwire Travel Value Index is based on a statistical model combining both in-house and third-party research. Hotwire evaluates the top 75 U.S. leisure markets, rating them across three individual categories to generate an overall ranking for consumer vacation value. The formula includes:
- Low prices on air, car rentals and hotel (50 percent of overall score)
- Discounts on air, car rentals and hotel (25 percent of overall score)
- Affordable entertainment (25 percent of overall score).
This year, Atlanta tops the list as the number one deal destination for low prices after having spent three consecutive years as the number two value destination. Over the past few years, we've seen Atlanta maintain its offering of travel deals and discounts, but the City in the Woods also offers a wide array of entertainment activities for families – from biking through its 180-acre Piedmont Park to visiting theme parks like Six Flags and LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Second on the list is Orlando, another city which has continued to be in the top three for the past five years. The city dropped one spot, but still maintains its very high rank for low travel prices. Tampa comes in at number three for the second year in a row, with an overall rating of 97 due mostly to low prices, followed by Phoenix – up one spot from last year – with an overall rating of 92 thanks in large part to its affordable entertainment options.
Dallas-Fort Worth and Raleigh tie for fifth with overall ratings of 89 due to their respective travel discounts and low prices. St. Louis, one of our top sleeper cities last year, jumps up three spots to seventh with high marks for low prices and great discounts. Rounding out this year's list are three new cities – Kansas City, Albuquerque and Nashville – which earn their place on this year's Travel Value Index for scoring very well on discounts, low prices and entertainment options respectively.
According to the Hotwire Travel Value Index, the top 10 U.S. destinations for value vacations in 2014 include:
Overall TVI Rating
Rank Last Year
Highest Scoring Category
Saint Louis, MO
Kansas City, MO
Photo caption: Atlanta tops the list as the number one deal destination for low prices.