Summer travel boom is coming — book flights now, expert says

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A growing number of vaccinated Americans and pent-up demand of more than a year have experts predicting a travel boom in the coming months.

Nearly 9 in 10 Americans have travel plans for the next six months, according to the US Travel Association.

Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights, said if you have any plans to fly anywhere this summer don’t wait to make the arrangements.

“Now is the time to book those summer flights because cheap summer flights are now available,” Keyes said.

But some people don’t wait until summer. Seniors are already using their vaccination status.

“Seniors were the first in line to get vaccinated after health workers in most states, and what did they turn around and do,” Keyes said. “They booked trips.”

While vacation travel is expected to increase, business travel is not.

According to the Global Business Travel Association, only 1 in 5 companies surveyed believe they will resume domestic business travel in the next three months.

According to Keyes, airlines are busy rerouting flights to top tourist destinations and there is now a cap on how much most travelers can spend.

The number of flight searches to Hawaii, Cancun and Puerto Rico is actually higher in March 2021 than it was in March 2019, well before the pandemic, “Keyes said.

The number of passengers traveling through Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is still small.

The latest report from January shows that passenger traffic has decreased by 68 percent compared to January 2020.

Yet more than 414,000 passengers traveled through the airport.

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