Holiday Travel Is Down This Year, Here’s Why
By Parker Diakite
This holiday travel season may not be as packed as you think. According to Airfarewatchdog’s new annual study that analyzes holiday travel, only 48 percent are planning to take a trip this year, down 2 percent from the previous year.
Of those planning to stay home, 65 percent say it’s because airfares are too expensive this year.
Yet, despite the decrease, passengers remain unfazed by the ongoing delays at airports around the country. According to the study, only 10 percent of those surveyed said they prefer to drive over dealing with long airport lines and security delays – something analysts say is at an all-time low when comparing the numbers from previous years.
If you have not booked a flight this year for the holiday season, just know that you’re not alone.
30 percent of respondents said they haven’t purchased a ticket yet, up from 23 percent from this time in 2018.
More than half of people said they would opt to stay home this upcoming holiday season if flight prices do not drop.
It’s a little late in the game to book holiday travel without paying for your procrastination but researchers with Airfarewatchdog said it’s not entirely impossible.
As Travel Noire previously reported, the best time to purchase airfare and accommodations for Thanksgiving is between Oct. 29 through Nov. 13.
Those of you looking to travel during Christmas and other December holidays have from Nov. 23 through Dec. 9 to purchase reasonably priced flights.
And while Travel Noire is not here to judge, we know that some of you are still going to wait until it comes down to the wire to travel.
There are some things, however, you can do to avoid ridiculously priced flights, including searching various booking sites, consider booking a bundle deal, and play around with the dates.