During the two years of COVID-19 restrictions, many Americans stopped any plans of holiday travels, however with restrictions having eased they are now looking to do more traveling this year. For those looking to travel this holiday season, they should expect to see a large number of people traveling, as according to the travel booking app Hopper, almost 60% of people have plans to travel over Thanksgiving, the Winter break, or both.
If you are also planning to travel during this period here are a few things that you should keep in mind.
1. Less Supply and higher demand
Most airlines are offering fewer flights now than they used to. As a result, there is a higher demand for flights, which drives the prices up due to the smaller supply. Especially for smaller cities, there is a lack of pilots and airline personnel which makes it impossible for smaller planes to fly in. As such airlines are choosing larger airports and booking every seat in order to ensure the maximum revenue.
2. More expensive hotels
Airfare is not the only thing more expensive during this winter holiday. In fact, hotels are also expected to be more expensive according to consulting firm Deloitte. As such, travelers are expected to pay more money for lesser-quality rental properties and hotels. This is especially true for both warmer locations and high-demand ski locations.
The easiest way to mitigate these problems according to travel experts is to have a much more flexible schedule. Being able to book your flights on non-high-demand dates or to work your holidays around the cheapest dates could be the key. This is where working from home could be particularly useful as long-term rentals might be much easier to book and even cheaper.