Labor Day weekend is everyone’s last chance to accomplish everything they had said they would over the summer: visit family, go to the beach, barbeque, or simply unwind. With time running out and vacancies filling at more popular holiday destinations, what should you do? If you’re a part of the Jet Linx Jet Card program, then you’re already way ahead of the game. Long lines at the airport are no problem for you – you only need a destination, and our Client Service Teams only need a few hours of notice to prepare your flight.
Popular getaways like Miami, Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, and any beach town on the East Coast are going to be overrun for the long weekend. Below are some less-traveled destinations that are equally as unique and exciting compared to more run-of-the-mill Labor Day destinations.
Instead of Miami, whisk yourself away on a jet to Bermuda for the long weekend. Bermuda is less than two hours from most East Coast airports, and the pink sand beaches are hard to say ‘no’ to. The small island nation is in the middle of a tourism renaissance, as it hosted the 35th America’s Cup in 2017. Brand new hotels and marinas were built, and now you get to enjoy all these new luxury facilities during the offseason when prices aren’t sky-high. In late August the summer humidity begins to dissipate but water temperatures are still warm enough for swimming. With no language barrier and the ability to use US currency, Bermuda is a perfect getaway for Labor Day weekend. Jet Linx can fly you to L.F. Wade International Airport
2. Savannah, Georgia
Rather than Charleston or Myrtle Beach, enjoy the weekend in Savannah, Georgia. You’ll still find Spanish moss hanging romantically from the tree-lined streets of Savannah, but you’ll avoid large crowds and traffic jams. For all the antebellum appeal that Charleston offers, Savannah provides an equal dose of southern charm. The cobblestoned squares around Forsyth Park provide a track for slow-cruising the historic district of the city. Rent a horse-drawn carriage and experience the dramatic architecture of the mansions that survived General William Tecumseh Sherman’s fiery march through the state during the Civil War. History buffs will appreciate the storybook look of the city due to painstaking efforts with restoration. A daytime trolley tour will take you past the major sights, while an evening ghost walk might include a stop in the famous and beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery. For a true Labor Day experience in Savannah – head to Tybee Island for the annual Labor Day Beach Bash. Jet Linx will fly you to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, just north of Savannah’s Historic District.
3. Austin, Texas
Instead of Seattle, fly privately to Jet Linx Austin at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Seattle is a popular Labor Day destination for those seeking an active urban getaway with great food and activities, but Austin is equally as interesting. Better yet, when you land at the Jet Linx Austin Base, the Client Service Team can provide a host local options for you to enjoy. Sure, there is no beach in Austin, but the red-hot food and entertainment scenes there will more than make up for it. Many travel guides have predicted that Austin will be the next great food city – and with lots of young talented chefs opening up shop – the city is well on its way. With Austin, barbecue is only the beginning. Food trucks litter the streets, and exotic fusion foods can be found easily. Japanese nachos? Chinese barbecue buns? Filipino-Texan fusion? Austin has its own rock and roll swagger, and is a Bohemian holdout in the Lone Star State. If you’re looking for amusement, look no further.
4. Mackinac Island
Chicago is a good destination for Labor Day, but just off the coast of Lake Michigan lies the jewel of the Great Lakes: Mackinac Island. Occupying four square miles in Lake Huron, this island is a welcome retreat from more urban Labor Day options. Both cars and chain hotels are banned on the island, creating a distinctly old-timey atmosphere. Mackinac is a part of Michigan that is unlikely to feel like anywhere else you’ve been. The entire island has been remarkably preserved, so you’ll find buildings that date back to the 1700’s and some of the most pristine coastline in the United States. Mackinac Island State Park and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will make you wonder why you never explored Michigan earlier! Jet Linx can fly you directly to the Pelston Regional Airport or Chippewa County International Airport
5. Telluride, Colorado
While most people run to beaches, take a private jet to the mountain town of Telluride, a Jet Linx Elevated Lifestyle Partner. Only a short flight away from the Jet Linx Denver Base, this luxury mountain town offer endless activities for adrenaline junkies. Telluride Ski and Gold Resort is know for their high-altitude runs, but their golf courses and mountain biking terrain still draw in visitors year round. Telluride is consistently ranked as the #1 Ski resort in North America, and that’s because of the continued facility upgrades and the investment into improving guest experiences. To the staff at Telluride, bigger is not better, and that is what keeps drawing guests back. While the larger resorts continue to expand and gain more customers, Telluride continues to be distinctly ‘Telluride’. Longtime guests often comment that that best thing about Telluride is that, “It hasn’t changed much.” If you travel to Telluride for Labor Day, you’ll be just in time for the annual Telluride Film Festival! Jet Linx can fly you and your family to the beautiful Telluride Regional Airport.
One last option for Labor Day is Hawaii. Because it lies far away from the mainland, few people make the trek for the long weekend. However, with access to a Jet Card program, getting on and off the island is a breeze for Jet Linx Jet Card Clients. Airports around Hawaii are some of the least busy in the nation around the holiday, giving a Hawaiian vacation more potential for a quick Labor Day escape. While flying commercially might be a gamble for such a short getaway, hopping on a Jet Linx aircraft should be no barrier to a fantastic weekend. A trip to the beach – no matter how short – is always worth it! Jet Linx can whisk you away to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, and various other airports on the Hawaiian Islands.
Our final piece of advice is to utilize the professionals at KEY and Huffman Travel to create last-minute itineraries that are sure to create memories. All Jet Linx Jet Card Members have access to these travel and entertainment experts as part of the Elevated Lifestyle program. If you’re in a bind this upcoming holiday, let our partners make memories for you.
Call your local Jet Linx Client Service Specialist today to book a luxurious Labor Day getaway!