The official start of summer is 4 weeks away and officials at AAA Travel says if you haven't made reservations by now you could run into some problems. They say  booking data shows reservations for flights, rental cars, cruises and hotels for Memorial Day are up 122% over last year. But AAA says it's not too late to plan a trip for Memorial Day.

AAA says if you're looking for the best deal speak with a travel agent

“Across the nation, we’ve seen a notable increase in travel bookings with AAA in early spring, which is a strong indication of what to expect this summer,” says Michelle Glass, AAA Washington Vice President, Travel Services. “While booking in advance often provides you the luxury of low prices and lots of inventory to choose from, travel agents have the inside scoop on last-minute deals that you might not find yourself.”

Taking the family on a car trip? Make those reservations now not at the last minute

If you're traveling by vehicle the average price of gas is $4.15 a gallon. In Washington State the average price is $4.69 a gallon.
If you are flying AAA says the best time to buy your ticket is about two weeks before Memorial Day with travelers paying an average of $445 per ticket. Sunday offers the lowest airfare followed by Friday (an average price of $543 and $596, respectively).
If you think you'll get a better deal by waiting until the last minute you're wrong. AAA officials say if you do that you'll end up paying almost double - an average of $845 per flight.

Top destinations for Washington State travelers include anywhere with sunny skies

The top destinations for travelers booking through AAA Washington are western states with warmer temperatures:

1.       Hawaii - Honolulu, Kahului, Kona

2.       Arizona - Phoenix

3.       California - San Diego, San Francisco, Redondo Beach, Los Angeles

4.       New Mexico - Albuquerque

5.       Nevada - Las Vegas

Across the nation, travelers are targeting big cities and beaches for their Memorial Day getaways this year. These are the top 10 domestic destinations according to AAA bookings across the nation for flights, tours, car rentals and hotels:

1.       Orlando, FL

2.       Seattle, WA

3.       Miami, FL

4.       Las Vegas, NV

5.       Anchorage, AK

6.       Honolulu, HI

7.       Boston, MA

8.       Anaheim, CA

9.       New York, NY

10.   San Francisco, CA

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