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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Upcoming Wedding Is Already Affecting Travel Trends

Meghan Markle Prince HarryMeghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the 2018 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s upcoming May nuptials is already set to be one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, and according to a recent report on travel trends, it seems like many travelers are looking to experience the wedding firsthand.

Kayak.com recently reported that flight searches for London spiked the day after Markle and Harry announced their royal engagement last November, which could be chalked up to a coincidence if it weren’t for the fact that searches for flights in the week leading up to the royal wedding have gone up in particular.

According to the report, American searches for the week of May 11th through May 21st (the wedding itself will be held on May 19th at Windsor Castle) have gone up 53 percent compared to the same time last year, possibly indicating that many Americans are hoping to hop across the pond for the historic nuptials. (By contrast, a huge spike in searches for flights leaving London suggests that locals are hoping to get out to avoid the chaos).

For those looking to take part in the royal festivities, there is news both good and bad: the good is that flight prices are down, and a better exchange rate means getting to London won’t break the bank too much. (Median airfare for a flight from the U.S. to London sits at around $551).

The bad news? Hotel prices are up, perhaps unsurprisingly given that fans of the royal family will have to find shelter somewhere, and the city can make a lot of big bucks from hosting visitors. During the royal wedding weekend (May 18th through May 20th), prices are up 11 percent, with an average of $176 a night as compared to $159 a night the same time last year in 2017.

Those waiting until prices drop to book their flights abroad are in luck: Kayak is offering Royal Price Alerts, which helps travelers track airfare for the dates surrounding the royal wedding and receive alerts when prices drop. Plus, anyone who signs up for the alerts gets the ultimate gift: a chance to win a helpful $3,500 toward a trip for two to London.

Keep up with The Knot as we cover all things royal wedding leading up to Markle and Harry’s nuptials on May 19.