Memorial Day weekend is the weekend that kicks off summer, but it’s also the kickoff of summer spending.
Memorial Day trips can get pretty expensive unless you're hunting for deals. Priceline.com recently rounded up some of the best hotel deals on Memorial Day and the top three come in under $100 -- keeping that total hotel bill to less than $300 if you do the full three-day weekend away.
Here’s the full list of the best hotel destinations for Memorial Day weekend deals:
5. Orlando, Florida: $105.87
Warm locations dominated the top five hotel deals, with Florida snagging two of the low-cost spots. Orlando’s most obvious tourist draws for the long weekend are the theme parks, which can add some extra expense in ticket costs.
4. Tampa, Florida: $101.85
Take a boating tour to see manatees or visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay once you get to this sunny destination.
3. Black Hills, South Dakota: $91.12
If roller coasters and beaches aren’t your thing, Black Hills has the scenic beauty you might be searching for instead. Famous for the Mount Rushmore Memorial, there are plenty of national parks and other natural wonders to enjoy.
2. Phoenix, Arizona: $88.69
Pack clothes for the heat -- temperatures average a high of 95 degrees and a low of 69 degrees in May.
1. Albuquerque, New Mexico: $85.23
"Breaking Bad" fans, rejoice! You can immerse yourself in the setting of Walter White’s double life as a drug kingpin/high school teacher/car wash owner for a pretty low price.
If you want to make the most of your travel spending this summer, using the right credit card when you book can help you reap cash-back rewards and even perks like late checkout and a free bag check via your hotel or airline. Hotel rewards cards and airline rewards cards generally require good credit scores to qualify. If you don't know where you stand, you can check your credit scores for free on Credit.com before you apply. And if you want to know what a good travel credit card offers, you can check out our Best Travel Credit Cards in America rankings.
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