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According to a recent article on CBS News, Spring Break 2023 may be the busiest travel season ever for the airline industry. After a few years of pandemic-related travel restrictions and canceled plans, people began to travel extensively last year. It seems that many people are still eager to get out and explore once again this season. The pent-up demand for travel continues as evidenced by the sky-high ticket prices to destinations both domestically and around the globe.
Airlines for America (A4A) estimates that 158.4-million passengers will fly in March and April. This works out to 2.6 million daily, which is a little over passenger counts in 2019. Airports are urging people to arrive three to four hours before their flights depart in order to pad enough time for check-in, baggage handling, and security. Houston and Miami are two (of many) destinations that expect this spring break to crush all records.
The expected surge in travel is attributed to a combination of factors. With more people vaccinated and feeling comfortable traveling, many are eager to take advantage of the opportunity to explore new destinations or return to familiar favorites. Mask mandates and other pandemic-era travel requirements have been lifted. The most that is required is proof of vaccination by some countries and those are becoming fewer with the passage of time and cases continuing to drop.
With spring break kicking off, it’s essential to be flexible with travel arrangements. Check travel advisories and look for backup plans in the event of bad weather. Be prepared for potential delays and to have contingency plans in place as the airlines will struggle operationally with the volume and if bad weather comes over the next few weeks.
Anthony’s Take: It’s good to see travel rebounding, but with that comes crowds and increased costs. Look for opportunities to redeem points and miles as you will likely get good value from these redemptions while prices are high.
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