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10/27/2021

Study Finds 26% of Travelers Have Made Plans They Are Prepared to Cancel if Necessary

Of those planning to book travel for the holidays, respondents said they’re planning to book Thanksgiving (28%) and winter holiday (20%) travel one month in advance.
Michal Christine Escobar
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a new TripIt from Concur survey reveals that of those planning to travel in the next year, 63% plan to do so in the next three months, suggesting a busy holiday travel season ahead.

But travelers are practicing cautious optimism The caution: 26% of travelers have made plans they are prepared to cancel if necessary. The optimism: despite rising concerns about the Delta variant, only 1% of respondents that traveled in the past six months report having contracted, or traveled with someone who contracted, COVID-19 during a trip.

Based on a survey of more than 1,500 U.S.-based TripIt users, additional key findings include:

  • Delta variant impacts: More than a quarter (28%) of travelers said they have canceled or changed plans due to the Delta variant. Of those who changed or canceled plans, 27% lost money, some up to $5,000. Additionally, 25% of travelers are holding off making plans due to the Delta variant. And 26% said they have made plans they are prepared to cancel or change.
  • 2021 holiday travel: As of September, some respondents said they’re planning Thanksgiving (19%) and winter holiday (27%) trips. Of those planning to book travel for the holidays, respondents said they’re planning to book Thanksgiving (28%) and winter holiday (20%) travel one month in advance.
  • New items on the travel checklist: Of those who traveled in the past six months, 60% carried their COVID-19 vaccination card with them on their trip. More than a quarter (29%) had to take a COVID-19 test before their trip and only 4% had to quarantine upon arrival or when they returned home. Additionally, just 1% of travelers had to cancel a trip due to a positive COVID-19 test result.

More information can be found in the blog post