Break the Cycle of Air Travel Stress
Expedia releases 2024 air travel hacks report for smoother travel.
Did you know? For 55% of Americans, air travel is more stressful than going to the dentist or filing taxes, according to new research from Expedia. To help break the cycle of stress as the busy holiday travel season approaches, Expedia has released its 2024 Air Travel Hacks Report, unpacking data-backed strategies for saving money and reducing stress.
Expedia's research found that average ticket prices remain nearly flat compared to last year and flight cancellation rates have improved (1.7% of flights compared to 4.1% in 2022). Travelers cited finding a good deal (61%) and worrying about disruptions (28%) as big contributors to stress.
Some top tips from the report include the following:
- Domestic airfare should be booked 28 days before departure; travelers saved up to 24% compared to those who booked at the last minute, surpassing the 10% savings travelers saw on average in 2022.
- International airfare should be booked around 60 days out (and no more than four months out) for optimal availability and savings (around 10% on average). Last year, the sweet spot was closer to six months out.
- Sunday remains the cheapest day of the week to book flights, while Fridays are most expensive. On average, travelers saved up to 13%.
- Fly before 3 p.m. to minimize the impact of delays and cancellations. Flights departing after 3 p.m. statistically have a 50% higher chance of being canceled than earlier flights.
- There's officially no bad time to book, with Expedia's Price Drop Protection: More than a quarter (28%) of U.S. travelers continue checking ticket prices even after they've booked, but this new product issues a refund if the price of the ticket drops on Expedia after booking.
Expedia's annual Air Travel Hacks Report is backed by an analysis of billions of data points and the most extensive air ticketing database in the world through collaboration with Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and OAG.
Learn more and view the full report at Expedia.
Courtesy of Groups Today.