Study: Air Travel is More Stressful Than Filing Taxes or Going to the Dentist

by Anthony Losanno

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Expedia® released the findings of its latest Air Travel Hacks Report today. It had some interesting trends and tidbits including one stat that says 55% of Americans find air travel more stressful that going to the dentist or filing taxes.

Expedia Infographic

In addition to highlighting how stressful people find flying, the report shared some insights around booking tips. These include:

  • Domestic airfare should be booked 28 days before departure (travelers saved up to 24% when booking in this timeframe).
  • International airfare should be booked around 60 days out (and no more than four months out).
  • Sunday remains the cheapest day of the week to book flights, while Fridays are most expensive.
  • Fly before 3:00 PM to minimize your chances of delays or cancellations.

Melanie Fish, Head of Expedia Group Brands Public Relations, said:

In terms of stress levels, booking your next flight shouldn’t be in the same ballpark as getting a cavity filled. The good news is many of the things that contribute to travel stress are getting better, and Expedia is constantly releasing new tools like Price Tracking and Price Drop Protection that make the whole booking and flying journey smoother.”

Anthony’s Take: I love to fly. Yes, boarding can be stressful and dealing with delays, cancellations, and bad customer service all aren’t great. But, getting on a plane, even after I’ve done it a few thousand times, is still exciting and something that I look forward to each flight.

(Infographic Image Credit: Expedia.)

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derek September 27, 2023 - 10:32 am

Filing taxes is more stressful. It takes a long time to organize all the information for different tax returns, business and personal.

Robin Richardson October 10, 2023 - 12:57 pm

After my recent trip to Europe, I would add to “The what not to do’s” – Don’t book a flight with a code share partner airline – Always booked directly with the airline that is flying the equipment.
Was almost left stranded in DFW and our whole 16 day vacation ruined, due to a BA flight cancellation that I booked through AA, and neither BA nor AA would help us as they kept blaming the other to who was responsible.
My wife and I Ex. Plat & million milers with AA, and that made not a bit of difference either.
Two weeks prior had the exact same thing happen when flying on Iberia with a ticket bought on AA, so from now on, never again. Will only fly the airline where I booked my flight.


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