How MONEY Chose a Best in Travel 2018


To find a destinations that offer a best value now, MONEY analyzed some-more than 32,000 information points for roughly 750 of a many renouned spots: roughly 300 in a U.S. and 450 internationally.

To arrange any place, we gave a many weight to altogether cost—including roundtrip moody prices, that were supposing by Hopper and Kayak; hotel prices, mostly from, along with, Hipmunk, and Trip by Skyscanner; and U.S. vacation let costs from HomeAway. We also distributed what travelers should design to spend on meals, beverages, and internal transport, with pricing from Numbeo. For U.S. destinations, with a assistance of Hipmunk, we factored in let automobile prices from a nearest airport.

To safeguard that a picks are a good value right now, we weighed year-over-year cost changes in normal airfares and hotel prices. For general destinations, we used to investigate sell rate fluctuations over a past year.

And we factored in a series of amenities any place offered—museums, parks, campgrounds, orchestras, ancestral landmarks and attractions, beaches, restaurants, bars, hotels and more—as good as “pleasantness” measures, such as weather, crime, and walkability.

In a U.S., we comparison usually one end per state. Internationally we singular a list both by nation and by region.

Additional sources include: WitLytic, TripAdvisor,, STR, ValuePenguin, EarthEnv, Synergos Technology Inc., The Council For Community and Economic Research, Infogroup, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Brewers Association,, American Alliance of Museums, League of American Orchestras, The White Book of Ski Areas, Mountain Vertical, American Winery Guide, POI Factory, Datafiniti, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics,, FBI, and a Environmental Protection Agency.

Infogroup’s human-verified business database consisting of over 16 million annals opposite a U.S. was employed in’s analysis of a volume and peculiarity of resources accessible to travelers. Infogroup’s information consists of abounding attributes such as business profiles, openings, closings, images, amicable URLs, lat/longs and most more.



In evaluating transport services, MONEY worked with a series of information partners including J.D. Power and associate Meredith announcement Travel + Leisure. For any category, MONEY ranked a providers on altogether costs, year-over-year cost reductions, when available, and patron satisfaction.

  • Hotels: Pool enclosed 95 inhabitant and general hotel bondage in 3 price/service classes. Criteria enclosed patron use ratings; normal cost per night; year-over-year changes in price; and reader reviews. Data providers enclosed Hipmunk,, J.D. Power, and Travel + Leisure.
  • U.S. Airlines: Pool enclosed a 9 largest domestic airlines. Criteria enclosed normal transport price, year-over-year sheet pricing changes, and a cost per kilometer for passengers; normal depart and attainment check time, series of on-time arrivals, series of canceled flights, and volume of denied boardings; container and change fees; and patron compensation ratings for reservations, check-in, boarding, aircraft, moody crews, in-flight service, food and drink, entertainment, chair comfort, amenities, fees, faithfulness program, and altogether value. Data providers enclosed Airfarewatchdog, FlightStats, J.D. Power, Rome2rio, SkyTrax, Travel + Leisure, and a U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • International Airlines: Pool enclosed 70 of a largest general carriers. Criteria enclosed normal transport costs, year-over-year sheet pricing changes, and cost per kilometer for passengers; series of on-time arrivals; and patron compensation ratings for chair comfort, food and drink, entertainment, service, amenities, and altogether value. Data providers enclosed FlightStats, J.D. Power, Rome2rio, SkyTrax, and Travel + Leisure. MONEY ranked a tip 30 carriers overall, though also highlighted a best in any region.
  • U.S. Airports: Pool enclosed 80 blurb U.S. airports. Criteria enclosed patron experience; patron reviews; confidence delays and on-time rate of departures; a series of airlines portion any airport; and a series of restaurants and shops inside a airport. Data providers enclosed J.D. Power, Travel + Leisure, and a U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Credit Cards: Pool enclosed a dozen transport credit cards that were not tied to a specific code or platform. Criteria enclosed annual fees, signup bonuses, rewards earning rate, label acceptance, additional perks, value of points earned, height palliate of use, and APR.

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