Skyscanner new trends insights reveals how, where and why travelers will be spending on trips this year, with best value destinations and tips for bagging the best deal
43% of US survey participants (Skyscanner and OnePoll, April 2022, 1000+ participants) stated that they planned to spend more on travel in 2022 than they would pre-pandemic, and more frequent travel for longer trips was the plan for many Americans booking a trip abroad in 2022. The ability to compare prices is therefore key and hacking your vacation costs to be able to travel more and for longer has never been more crucial.
Naomi Hahn, Skyscanner's VP of Strategy, comments: "Americans have an unwavering love of travel and we're keen to turn these pent-up dreams in to an affordable reality. We're seeing renewed importance being place on travel (50% of survey respondents place more importance on travel this year compared to pre-pandemic) and 43% of respondents plan to spend more this year. More trips (43%) and longer trips (45%) are key reasons for allocating more money – perhaps making up for lost time and canceled vacations.
"Price has always been a key determining factor in the travel choices people make, and with more and more people returning to the skies and summer on the horizon, getting a great deal is top of mind for many. What we are seeing is that travel providers continue to support the return of travel with competitive fares. As demand begins to match supply, it's important to know how to compare your options and tailor plans to get the best price – whether it's flying out a day or two early, departing from an alternative airport or exploring an up-and-coming destination that's a fraction of the cost. "Making your well-earned money work harder for you is top of our agenda so we've run the numbers based on thousands of bookings to reveal the best value destinations this year, along with the best time to book those flights. Rest assured, with fares still up to 60% cheaper than they were pre-pandemic to some of our favourite vacation spots, there are great flight deals to be had this summer and you can use Skyscanner to help you find them." Skyscanner's best value flights for 2022** Skyscanner can reveal the best value flights for 2022, which have seen the biggest price drops against pre-pandemic 2019 levels: Ranking Destination (Domestic) % Price drop Best time to book 1st Miami 63%6 weeks 2nd Dallas 60%2 weeks 3rd Chicago 57%6 weeks 4th Ft. Lauderdale 56%6 weeks 5th Honolulu 52%4 weeks Ranking Destination (International) % Price drop Best time to book 1st Reykjavik 70%12 weeks 2nd London 57%6 weeks 3rd Lisbon 57%6 weeks 4th San Juan 53%6 weeks 5th Athens 51%6 weeks Four top travel hacks on how to bag a bargain from Naomi Hahn, Skyscanner's VP of Strategy:
Be price smart: "Setting up price alerts will ensure you're the first to know as prices drop with any additional discounts or added supply. You can mark a flight you're interested in and Skyscanner will email you whenever the price goes up or down."
Friday is the cheapest day to travel: "Flight prices are all based on supply and demand. Because some dates are more popular than others, prices will vary i.e., on average, save up to 25% by flying on a Friday and up to 51% by booking 4 weeks ahead of departure. The 'whole month' search tool allows you to see cheap flights immediately and pick the right deal for you. Consider travelling a day before or a day after your original departure dates, flying on less popular days of the week is always cheaper."
Consider all options: "2020 and 2021 saw new destinations rise in popularity as corridors shone a light on some surprising gems. Swapping your usual break in Cancun for Portugal could be an unexpected delight. So let the algorithm decide with a search to 'Everywhere', which will present a plethora of options based on your travel dates, all ranked by price."
Mix & Match to save ££: "Not just a summer fashion trend, mix and matching the airlines and airports you choose to fly with and from can seriously cut costs. Fares don't have to be booked as returns, look at flying out with one airline and back with another, or out of one airport and back into another, can save money."
Notes Skyscanner survey conducted with OnePoll in April 2022, with over 1000 participants in the US Pricing data correct at time of issue and subject to change % comparison of 2022 and 2019 pricing done using redirects (bookings) on Skyscanner for economy class, return made in March 2022 for travel in May 2022, compared with those made in March 2019 for travel in May 2019 All data from Skyscanner platforms, and referencing economy class, return travel from the US – for more information on methodology contact Skyscanner PR team About Skyscanner Founded in 2003, Skyscanner is a leading travel marketplace dedicated to putting travelers first. Skyscanner helps millions of people in 52 countries and over 30 languages find the best travel options for flights, hotels and car rental every month. Skyscanner is available on desktop, mobile web and its highly rated app has over 110 million downloads. Working with 1200 travel partners, Skyscanner's mission is to lead the global transformation to modern and sustainable travel. SOURCE Skyscanner CONTACT: Gemma.email@example.com, Gemma Jamieson, Global PR Manager, Skyscanner