AAA says you better do it soon if you haven’t already booked your summer travel plans. Auto Club Group is seeing very strong bookings for cruises, tours, hotels and flights.
“Demand for travel has rebounded sharply this summer and we are already seeing large crowds at popular domestic and international travel destinations,” said Debbie Haas, Vice President of Travel for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The recent decision to lift all international travel restrictions will only increase demand. Therefore, we encourage travelers to do their research and work with a travel expert. They can help you find the best price for a relaxing vacation.”
More than half of Florida residents plan to take a summer vacation
According to a new AAA travel survey, 83% of Floridians will travel this year. More than half (57%) of them will vacation in the summer. However, only a quarter (25%) of summer travelers have finalized their plans.
The most popular vacations they plan are:
- 40% – Beach destinations
- 37% – theme parks
- 27% – City/Major Metro Destination
- 25% – resort vacation (all-inclusive hotels/many amenities)
- 22% – National/State Park
AAA’s top summer traveler statistics and travel tips
87% are planning a trip. Leave early. Expect traffic jams near beaches and attractions, especially on weekends and holidays. Gasoline prices traditionally peak in the spring and fluctuate in the summer. Use the AAA mobile app to compare prices.
21% will not get a vehicle inspection before their trip. AAA urges drivers to make sure their vehicle is roadworthy. You can find a trusted local mechanic by visiting AAA.com/AutoRepair.
25% plan to travel by commercial flight. To reduce the chance of flight delays or cancellations, book a non-connecting flight that departs early in the morning. Arrive at the airport at least 2 hours early. Download the airline’s mobile app to receive updates on your flight status. Consider travel insurance that provides coverage options for flight cancellations and delays (see below for more).
21% plan to take a cruise. Summer sailings fill up quickly. In many cases, passengers search 2024 departures to find the route they want. Travelers who book a cruise with AAA Travel Consultant may be eligible for discounts and benefits such as early boarding, specialty dining upgrades and onboard credits. Travel Advisors can also unlock additional savings on your airfare when you combine it with your cruise.
38% plan to rent a car. Rental car availability has improved, but inventory is likely to be limited at airports due to high demand. Prices are often higher the closer you get to your desired rental date, so book early for the best combination of availability and price. AAA members can also receive up to 20% off base rates at Hertz car rental locations.
International travel bookings up over 200% compared to 2022. Make sure your passport is up to date. Strong demand and pandemic-related backlogs have led to delays in passport processing. Waiting time increased from 8-11 weeks to 10-13 weeks. AAA members receive exclusive shipping rates for US passports and global travel visas with RushMyPassport.
Travel insurance is mandatory! There are various reasons why travelers use it: medical emergencies, flight cancellations, bad weather or unexpected life events.
- Cancellation for any reason. These policies allow travelers to cancel their trip for covered reasons, allowing the policyholder to recover non-refundable deposits.
- Flight cancellations. If your flight is cancelled, passengers may be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses.
- Flight delays. Policyholders can receive reimbursement for flight delays of at least three hours.
- Medical coverage. International travelers can obtain policies that provide medical coverage because their American health benefits generally do not extend outside the United States.
Plan ahead! Whether it’s mapping gas stations or electric vehicle charging stations along your route and at your destination, or planning which attractions and activities you want to visit when you arrive, AAA offers TripTik and Trip Canvas, two free travel tools. to be organized and prepared.
About the AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey
The AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey was conducted online among residents living in Florida from April 20 to 27, 2023. A total of 400 residents completed the survey. Survey results requested from all respondents have a maximum margin of error of ± 4.9% points. Responses are weighted by age and gender to ensure a reliable and accurate representation of Florida’s adult population (18+).
About AAA – The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America with more than 13 million members in 14 US states, the province of Quebec and two US territories. ACG and its affiliates provide members with road assistance, insurance products, banking and financial services, travel offers and more. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 62 million members in the United States and Canada. AAA’s mission is to protect and promote freedom of mobility and improve traffic safety. For more information, get the AAA mobile app, visit AAA.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.