Gas, flight costs bigger barriers to travel than Covid-19
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.
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 Covid is still a concern.
“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, there is strong pent-up demand for post-pandemic travel.”
Nine in ten travelers have trips planned in the next six months, on par with levels of trip planning before coronavirus arrived in the US.
The 19% that indicated Covid-19 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