AAA offers tips to combat high travel prices

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Measuring Tennessee’s comfort level in travel during the pandemic

First Quarter 2021

Q2 2021

Third Quarter 2021

Fourth Quarter 2021

First Quarter 2022

Q2 2022

41%

49%

73%

59%

69%

74%

The top reasons cited for increased comfort include:

  • Received a COVID-19 vaccine (43%)
  • They think the risk of contracting the virus is the same wherever they go (36%)
  • Less afraid of virus risks (31%)

“We’re hearing from travelers who are eager to get back to a sense of normalcy, and it looks like the time has finally come,” said Debbie Haas, vice president of travel at AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Travel bookings are on the rise, as people tired of being home are now ready to explore new destinations and reconnect with family and friends.”

Summer vacations are in full swing

newly AAA Report It was revealed that there were twice as many bookings for flights, hotels, cruises and car rentals for Memorial Day 2022 weekend as compared to last year’s holiday. AAA expects this momentum to continue into the summer travel season.

Roughly 6 in 10 (59%) of Tennessee residents will take at least one trip in 2022. The largest share (55%) plans to travel this summer.

Summer vacation months:

  • Beaches (41%)
  • City / major metro destinations (26%)
  • Amusement parks (25%)
  • National/state parks (24%)
  • Lake destinations (23%)

“The summer travel season is less than a month away, and yet half of Tennessee residents say they haven’t booked their travel plans yet,” Haas continued. “My advice to them is to book now. Inflationary pressures and strong demand will make it difficult to find a last minute deal. By booking early, you will get the best combination of availability and competitive pricing.”

How Tennessee Travelers Fight Inflation

Although inflation raises costs, that doesn’t mean people cancel their trips. While nearly a quarter of Tennessee residents say inflation doesn’t affect their plans at all, 77% make various adjustments to offset the extra expenses:

  • Choosing more affordable destinations (32%) – like traveling domestically rather than internationally
  • Taking road trips instead of flying (29%)
  • Staying in affordable accommodation (24%) – such as a cheaper hotel or sharing the rent with others
  • Planning ahead (22%)

Impact of rising gas prices on travel

Despite record gas prices, 88% of summer commuters in Tennessee are still planning a road trip of 50 miles or more this summer.

However, 70% of Tennessee residents say they would adjust their travel habits to make up for the higher price at the pump by:

  • Take fewer trips (31%)
  • Travel close to home (28%)
  • Take shorter trips (24%)
  • Increase the budget for petrol and reduce other aspects of their trip (23%)
  • Reduce the number of times you eat out while traveling (19%)

AAA tips to combat high travel prices

  • Book early. Prices rise as travel dates approach and availability diminishes.
  • Be flexible with your dates and destinations. Limit off-peak travel times, such as when children are at school. Prices are lower when demand is lower.
  • Participation in loyalty and membership programs such as AAA, Which can provide discounted rates on hotels, restaurants, and more.
  • Use a travel agent. They have direct relationships with travel suppliers, enabling them to access travel prices, inventory, and benefits that you might not find on your own.
  • Don’t forget travel insurance. If for some reason you miss your trip, travel insurance can help you recover deposits and other expenses that you might not otherwise recover. If your flight is canceled or delayed, there are policies that can help offset additional expenses you weren’t prepared for. You can also get financial compensation for flight delays of 3 hours.

About the AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey

The AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey was conducted online among residents living in Tennessee from April 13-19, 2022. The survey was completed by 400 people. Survey results asked of all respondents have a maximum margin of error of ±4.9% points. Responses are weighted by age and gender to ensure a reliable and accurate representation of the adult population (18+) in Tennessee.

About AAA – Auto Club Group

The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America with more than 13 million members in 14 US states, the Province of Quebec and two US territories.

ACG and its affiliates offer members roadside assistance, insurance products, banking and financial services, travel offers, and more. ACG belongs to the national AAA association with more than 62 million members in the United States and Canada. AAA’s mission is to protect and promote freedom of movement and to improve traffic safety.

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