According to the latest Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, the rising cost of gas and plane tickets has replaced the pandemic as a major concern entering the summer travel season. While a third of travelers indicated gas prices will greatly impact their travel decisions in the next six months and a quarter said the price of flights will have a similar impact, only 19% said the pandemic will greatly influence their travel during the same period.
“Inflation, high gas prices, and generally rising costs are front of mind for travelers this summer season,” said Amir Eylon, President and CEO of Longwoods International. “However, competing with these concerns is the strong pent-up demand for post-pandemic travel, so the impact of prices may be somewhat muted by that surge in demand.”
Nine in ten travelers have trips planned in the next six months, on par with levels of trip planning before coronavirus arrived in the U.S. The 19% that indicated COVID-19 will greatly impact their travel plans in the next six months is at the lowest level since March 2020.
The survey, supported by Miles Partnership, was fielded May 11, 2022 using a national sample randomly drawn from a consumer panel of 1,000 adults, ages 18 and over. Quotas were used to match Census targets for age, gender, and region to make the survey representative of the U.S. population.