AAA provides advice to combat rising travel prices – Clarksville Online

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Measuring how comfortable Tennessee residents are with traveling during the pandemic

Q1 2021

Q2 2021

Q3 2021

Q4 2021

Q1 2022

Q2 2022

41%

49%

73%

59%

69%

74%

The main reasons cited for increased comfort include:

  • Received their COVID-19 vaccine (43%)
  • Believe the risk of contracting the virus is the same wherever they go (36%)
  • Less afraid of the dangers of the virus (31%)

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

Summer vacation is in full swing

A recent AAA report revealed that there were twice as many flight, hotel, cruise and rental car bookings for Memorial Day weekend 2022, compared to last year’s holiday. AAA expects this momentum to continue into the summer travel season.

Nearly 6 in 10 Tennessians (59%) will take at least one trip in 2022. The largest share (55%) plan to travel this summer.

The most popular summer holidays:

  • Beaches (41%)
  • Urban destinations/large metropolises (26%)
  • Theme parks (25%)
  • National/State Parks (24%)
  • Lake destinations (23%)

“Summer travel season is less than a month away, but 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 more difficult to find a last-minute deal. By booking early, you will benefit from the best combination of availability and competitive prices.

How Tennessee Travelers Fight Inflation

Although inflation is driving up costs, that doesn’t mean people are canceling trips. While nearly a quarter of Tennesseans say inflation isn’t affecting their plans at all, 77% are making various adjustments to offset the extra expenses:

  • Choosing more affordable destinations (32%) – such as traveling domestically rather than internationally
  • Taking road trips instead of flying (29%)
  • Staying in more affordable accommodations (24%) – such as a cheaper hotel or sharing a rental with others
  • Plan more in advance (22%)

The effect of rising gas prices on travel

Despite record gas prices, 88% of Tennessee summer travelers still plan to take a road trip of 50 miles or more this summer.

However, 70% of Tennesseans say they will adjust their commuting habits to offset the higher price at the pump by:

  • Make fewer trips (31%)
  • Move closer to home (28%)
  • Take shorter trips (24%)
  • Budget more for gas and less for other aspects of their trip (23%)
  • Dine out less often while traveling (19%)

AAA’s tips for tackling rising travel prices

  • Book early. Prices increase as the travel date gets closer and availability decreases.
  • Be flexible with your dates and destinations. Select off-peak travel times, such as when the kids are at school. Prices are lower when there is less demand.
  • Participate in loyalty programs and memberships like AAA, who can provide discounted rates on hotels, restaurants and more.
  • Use a travel agency. They have direct relationships with travel suppliers, giving them access to pricing, inventory, and travel benefits that you might not find on your own.
  • Don’t forget travel insurance. If you miss your trip for any reason, travel insurance can help you recover deposits and other expenses that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to recover. If your flight is canceled or delayed, there are policies that can help offset the extra expenses you weren’t prepared for. You could also receive financial compensation for flight delays of as little as 3 hours.

About the AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey

The AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey was conducted online among Tennessee residents April 13-19, 2022. A total of 400 residents completed the survey. The 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 Tennessee’s adult (18+) population.

About AAA – The Auto Club Group

Groupe Auto Club (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America with over 13 million members in 14 US states, the province of Quebec and two US territories.

ACG and its affiliates provide members with roadside assistance, insurance products, banking and financial services, travel deals and more. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 62 million members in the United States and Canada. AAA’s mission is to protect and advance freedom of mobility and improve road safety.

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