The best dates to take a cheap last-minute summer vacation

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The best dates to take a cheap last-minute summer vacation
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If your Instagram feed is full of your friends’ fun summer adventures and the only change of scenery you’ve had lately is when you updated your computer background at the office, it may be time for a vacation.

Read more: The #1 rule of cheap travel

How to get a deal on a last-minute summer vacation

There’s still time to get a good deal on a summer getaway, according to the latest issue of the Hotwire Travel Inspiration Indicator, a quarterly travel-trend guide. In fact, based on the display rate for Hot Rate Hotels, Hotwire discovered that summer travel will be the most affordable during the last two weeks of August, with the lowest hotel rates in mid-September.

Most popular destinations

If you don’t quite know where you’d like to go, Hotwire has some suggestions. Based on last year’s numbers, Hotwire discovered these 10 cities offer hotel rooms with three- to five-star rooms starting at $67 a night.

  • Las Vegas
  • Houston
  • Atlanta
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Dallas
  • San Diego
  • Minneapolis
  • New Orleans
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • St. Louis

Read more: How to score a great hotel deal

And if you’re thinking of utilizing that last weekend of summer for a getaway, these are the seven cities they say are the best places to travel during Labor Day weekend (based on these cities having three- to five-star hotel rooms starting at $70 a night over Labor Day weekend 2015).

  • Phoenix
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Dallas
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • New Orleans
  • Tampa, Florida

Try not to overspend

No matter where you decide to visit, in addition to considering travel deals, you may be able to cut back on some of the extra fees with airline credit cards and even get rewards points that help you pay for your next flight. (You can read about the best airline credit cards in America here.)

But keep in mind that, while these credit cards offer some perks you may enjoy, getting into credit card debt to save on checking a suitcase simply isn’t worth it. (You can see how your credit card balances are affecting your credit score by reviewing your free credit report summary for free each month on Credit.com.)

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