Summer travel boom is coming — book flights now, expert says
AUSTIN (KXAN) – A growing number of vaccinated Americans, and a demand of more than a year, experts have predicted a travel boom in the coming months.
Nearly 9 in 10 Americans have travel plans over the next six months, according to the US Travel Association.
Scott Cheap Flights founder Scott Keyes has said that if you plan to fly anywhere this summer, don’t wait for the arrangements to be made.
“Now is the time to book these summer flights, because now is the time for cheap summer flights,” said Case.
But some people do not wait until summer. The elderly are already taking advantage of their vaccination status.
“The elderly were the first in line, after health care workers, in most states, to get vaccinated and what they came back for,” Keyes said. “They booked travel.”
While leisure travel is expected to increase, business travel is not.
Only 1 in 5 companies surveyed believes they will continue domestic business travel in the next three months, according to the Global Business Travel Association
Case said that means airlines are busy rerouting flights to top tourist destinations and there is now a limit to how much money most travelers can spend.
“The number of flight searches to places like Hawaii, Cancun, Puerto Rico is actually higher right now in March 2021 than in March 2019, long before the pandemic,” Case said.
The number of passengers traveling through Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is still low.
The latest report from January shows that passenger traffic is 68% compared to January 2020.
However, more than 414,000 passengers traveled through the airport.