Long weekends are some of the best ways to burn those extra vacation days without missing too much work. And now, air travel site Airfarewatchdog is making it even easier to find last-minute long weekend deals with its new “Weekender” tool, which only shows two- to four-day trips leaving Thursday or Friday, and returning Sunday or Monday. You don’t even have to know where you’re going: just pick “anywhere,” and the search engine will show you a list of popular, value destinations near you faster than you can say “out of office.” (You can also search for a specific city, but you won’t save as much as you would by casting your net wide.)
It definitely seems like there’s a market for the “Weekender” tool: A recent Airfarewatchdog survey found that 57 percent of travelers would prefer to take multiple long weekend trips instead of one long vacation over the course of a year. We’re pro-long weekend in the Traveler office—our editors have flown as far as Chile for a three-day break—and while Airfarewatchdog’s new tool won’t get you quite that far, it’ll at least get you away from your desk on the relatively cheap.
The new tool, launched earlier this week, also lets you compare deals for different dates, showing you this weekend, next weekend, and upcoming weekend options if your schedule is flexible. You can also choose to bundle with a hotel deal by clicking “hotel,” and you’ll be able to book through an online travel agents like Expedia and Booking.com. When we used the site for ourselves, the long-weekend search engine suggested $178 round-trip flights for a three-night trip to Cincinnati next weekend, $150 round-trip flights to D.C. for a mid-August weekend, and a $240 round-trip flight to Chicago for an upcoming weekend. Hotels added on about $400 to those prices. Now if we could only find a tool that packs our bags…