‘Revenge travel’ brings spike in prices to travel industry

‘Revenge travel’ brings spike in prices to travel industry
‘Revenge travel’ brings spike in prices to travel industry(KWCH)
Updated: May. 23, 2021 at 7:46 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport is now seeing the impact of revenge travel after COVID-19 forced many to push their vacations off until the summer.

Destination cities are opening back up, and plane tickets, hotels and gas prices are spiking.

“So now there is a term we’re starting to use as revenge travel. You’re going back. You’re doing it stronger, doing it twice as long as last year just because you missed last year,” said AAA travel agent, Matt Bert.

As days go by, the prices continue to rise.

“The prices are going to go up this year, rather than going down. And, we all want to save money where we can, so book it in advance as soon as you know your dates,” said Bert. “There is no reason why you should wait.”

Travel vouchers from cancelled trips in 2020 are beginning to expire, along with credit card points and airline miles possibly losing value.

“Credit cards and airlines always changed their reward point system, every six months or every year. I think if you have accumulated your points you definitely want to use them as soon as possible,” said Bert.

While the pandemic hit the travel industry hard, turns out there are now tricks and deals to save you money on summer travel like never before. Right now you could take advantage of zero dollar change fees and travel vouchers.

“You get policies that have changed for the better for the consumer. Kind of like the airfare one, where you don’t have to pay to spend a change fee,” said Bert.

Sunday is the cheapest day of the week to score a deal on plane tickets. Consider booking your trip on less busy days of the week for discounted prices.

We are not quite done with the pandemic just yet and some countries are closing borders overnight, so upgrading your ticket to economy could save you money in the end.

“Unfortunately, you know, with countries closing overnight sometimes it can be a little bit more expensive than a non refundable ticket, but you can get that money back from the airline,” said Bert.

While there are some tricks and deals to save money this summer, AAA says you should expect inflated prices on flights, hotels, and gas. Some may just want to wait to take that revenge vacation this fall for a much better deal.

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