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Thanksgiving 2021 Journey Quantity Almost Triple 2020 — TripIt Weblog


As the primary Thanksgiving approaches since vaccine rollouts started in the US, we had been wanting to dig into TripIt reservation knowledge to see if we must always count on one more extremely traveled vacation. And what we discovered is that cooling U.S. considerations across the Delta variant paired with rising traveler optimism might make for essentially the most extremely trafficked vacation for the reason that pandemic started.

TripIt analyzed U.S. origin lodging, rental automotive, and flight reservations made by our TripIt customers for Thanksgiving journey and in contrast the findings to equal reserving intervals in 2020 and 2019. 

Our knowledge reveals Thanksgiving 2021 journey can be almost triple the quantity of final 12 months throughout most classes, and whereas nonetheless not fairly at pre-pandemic ranges, flight (52% vs. 2019), lodging (65% vs. 2019), and trip rental (59% vs. 2019) volumes are on the highest charges we’ve seen for vacation journey this 12 months.

We additionally discovered that Individuals are beginning to return to their extra regular vacation locations and extra regular keep lengths. See what else we uncovered within the evaluation beneath.

Present Share of Flight Reservations In comparison with Years Prior

2021 Flights
(All)
2021 Flights
(Home)
2021 Flights
(Int’l)
2021 Automobile Leases 2021 Lodging 2021 Trip Leases
In comparison with 2020 298% 299% 292% 390% 258% 175%
In comparison with 2019 52% 54% 44% 78% 65% 59%

One third of vacationers plan to fly within the two days previous Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving vacationers fall into two teams—those who make every week of it, and people who simply dip in for the vacation. And extra vacationers fall within the latter group, with 33% of flight departures booked for the Tuesday (16%) and Wednesday (17%)—Wednesday being the preferred journey day—earlier than Thanksgiving. Although, solely barely much less will go away the Friday (14%) or Saturday (15%) earlier than the vacation week and stick round.

As for the least fashionable day to journey? No shock there: It’s Thanksgiving Day itself (simply 7% of vacationers).

And whereas all airports can count on to be busy (extra on that beneath), there are some that can be busier than others: San Francisco Worldwide Airport (SFO) ranks #1, adopted by Los Angeles Worldwide Airport (LAX) (#2), Denver Worldwide Airport (DEN) (#3), Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide Airport (SEA)(#4), and Chicago O’Hare Worldwide Airport (ORD) (#5).

Flight reservations hovered at round 50% of pre-pandemic ranges in the course of the holidays this previous 12 months, however for Thanksgiving they’re at their highest stage—52% when in comparison with 2019. Identical goes when taking a look at home and worldwide flight reservations individually—54% and 44%, respectively. Nonetheless, when evaluating flight volumes to 2020 ranges, we see almost triple the quantity. This isn’t solely stunning to us as 19% of respondents in our current survey advised us they had been planning to journey for Thanksgiving, and almost 50% stated they had been planning to fly.

Whereas the act of touring would possibly look a bit totally different than it did pre-pandemic, high Thanksgiving locations look extra like 2019 than 2020. Almost half of the highest 25 locations moved one spot or much less in comparison with 2019 rankings, whereas total rank adjustments in comparison with 2020 are extra important. Main metros like New York, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle and others plunged down the listing in 2020, however are again at their extra regular spots for 2021.

Flight Vacation spot Rankings and Rank Adjustments In comparison with 2021

2021 Rating Metropolis, State 2020 Rating Rank Change (2020 to 2021) 2019 Rating Rank Change (2019 to 2021)
1 Las Vegas, NV 5 4 1 0
2 New York, NY 11 9 3 1
3 Chicago, IL 9 6 2 -1
4 Orlando, FL 2 -2 8 4
5 Los Angeles, CA 6 1 4 -1
6 Phoenix, AZ 3 -3 6 0
7 Denver, CO 1 -6 7 0
8 San Francisco, CA 19 11 5 -3
9 Boston, MA 16 7 10 1
10 Seattle, WA 12 2 9 -1
11 Dallas, TX 8 -3 12 1
12 Cancun 4 -8 20 8
13 Miami, FL 25 12 19 6
14 Fort Lauderdale, FL 7 -7 14 0
15 Newark, NJ 27 12 11 -4
16 San Diego, CA 13 -3 16 0
17 Tampa, FL 10 -7 18 1
18 Washington, DC 31 13 21 3
19 Austin, TX 20 1 22 3
20 Atlanta, GA 14 -6 13 -7
21 Honolulu, HI 17 -4 25 4
22 Houston, TX 18 -4 17 -5
23 Puerto Vallarta 30 7 46 23
24 Fort Myers, FL 21 -3 33 9
25 London 47 22 15 -10

As regular, we see a reasonably even mixture of heat climate and winter journey locations. Over the summer time, California, Florida, and Hawaii captured the vast majority of bookings. Nonetheless, maybe vacationers heard the request of the Rainbow State this summer time and deliberate accordingly: For Thanksgiving, locations in California (15%), Florida (14%), and Texas (7%) declare the vast majority of home flights. (Issues might look totally different for Christmas and New Yr’s because the governor of Hawaii lately re-extended his welcome.)

Rental automotive bookings proceed to cowl extra floor

Rental automotive shortages and value hikes had been excessive this previous summer time, however it seems like they might be much more pronounced this Thanksgiving. Rental automobiles stay the journey mode closest to pre-pandemic ranges at 78% of 2019 ranges. They’ve even elevated almost 400% in comparison with final 12 months!

Whereas but once more, Florida (15%), California (14%), and Hawaii (10%) declare a big majority of rental automotive bookings, there are some new entrants to the highest 25 listing. Nashville, TN (#19), Palm Springs, CA (#22), and San Jose, CA (#25) seem within the high 25 for the primary time previously two years. It does appear that vacationers usually tend to hire a automotive in heat climate locations, nevertheless we additionally see some winter journey locations within the high 25 as properly: Denver (#6), Boston (#15), and Salt Lake Metropolis (#21).

Automobile Rental Vacation spot Rankings and Rank Adjustments In comparison with 2021

2021 Rating Metropolis, State 2020 Rating Rank Change (2020 to 2021) 2019 Rating Rank Change (2019 to 2021)
1 Phoenix, AZ 3 2 2 1
2 Orlando, FL 1 -1 1 -1
3 Kahului, HI 5 2 5 2
4 Las Vegas, NV 7 3 3 -1
5 Honolulu, HI 8 3 10 5
6 Denver, CO 2 -4 6 0
7 Los Angeles, CA 12 5 4 -3
8 Tampa, FL 9 1 13 5
9 Chicago, IL 15 6 8 -1
10 San Francisco, CA 21 11 7 -3
11 Lihue, HI 10 -1 16 5
12 Fort Lauderdale, FL 4 -8 9 -3
13 Kailua-kona, HI 14 1 20 7
14 Dallas, TX 24 10 25 11
15 Boston, MA 23 8 12 -3
16 San Diego, CA 20 4 11 -5
17 Miami, FL 11 -6 17 0
18 Fort Myers, FL 6 -12 26 8
19 Nashville, TN 26 7 34 15
20 Faculty Park, GA 16 -4 14 -6
21 Salt Lake Metropolis, UT 25 4 27 6
22 Palm Springs, CA 32 10 45 23
23 Houston, TX 18 -5 15 -8
24 Austin, TX 13 -11 22 -2
25 San Jose, CA 57 32 27 2

Thanksgiving lodgers eat and run

Whereas our current survey knowledge confirmed that the majority of those that are touring for Thanksgiving are planning to stick with household and buddies (*65%), some are planning to remain in a resort (*31%) or a trip rental (*15%), contributing to the continued tick again towards pre-pandemic reserving ranges for lodgings (*observe: respondents might select a number of lodging sorts.)

And for many who’ve booked their very own place to remain, most plan to (turkey) trot out and in.

All through this summer time we noticed as a lot as a 10x improve within the variety of reservations for 8+ day journeys. We additionally noticed that for Thanksgiving 2020, there was a giant shift towards longer stays as properly, with 40% staying 5-7 days and a pair of.4% staying 8+ days. However is the ‘work from trip house’ pattern over? For Thanksgiving 2021, we’re seeing the shift again towards shorter stays with the bulk (64%) staying 3-4 days, 21% staying 5-7 days, and solely .6% staying 8+ days.

Share of Lodging Reservations by Size of Keep

1-2 Days 3-4 Days 5-7 Days 8+ Days
2021 14% 64% 21% .6%
2020 13% 45% 40% 2%
2019 13% 72% 15% .5%

Even trip leases (a subset of lodging), the place we’ve seen even stronger traits towards longer stays over the previous 12 months, have began to shift again towards shorter lengths. The truth is, there’s a decrease share of individuals staying 8+ days this 12 months than in 2019—5% vs. 8%. Nonetheless, the bulk are staying in trip leases longer than when in comparison with lodging traits total; the bulk (56%) will keep for 5-7 days in a trip rental.

Share of Trip Leases by Size of Keep

1-2 Days 3-4 Days 5-7 Days 8-13 Days
2021 7% 32% 56% 5%
2020 8% 36% 46% 11%
2019 7% 46% 46% 8%

Total lodging reservations proceed to inch again towards regular (65% in comparison with 2019), as do trip leases (59%), and each properly surpass final 12 months at near double 2020 ranges.

Lodging Vacation spot Rating and Rank Adjustments In comparison with 2021

2021 Rating Metropolis, State 2020 Rating Rank Change (2020 to 2021) 2019 Rating Rank Change (2019 to 2021)
1 Las Vegas, NV 2 1 1 0
2 New York, NY 3 1 2 0
3 Orlando, FL 1 -2 3 0
4 Chicago, IL 16 12 4 0
5 Honolulu, HI 6 1 7 2
6 San Diego, CA 9 3 8 2
7 Los Angeles, CA 15 8 6 -1
8 San Francisco, CA 12 4 5 -3
9 Miami, FL 23 14 13 4
10 New Orleans, LA 19 9 9 -1
11 Boston, MA 44 33 15 4
12 Washington, DC 22 10 10 -2
13 Austin, TX 28 15 17 4
14 Nashville, TN 11 -3 24 10
15 Anaheim, CA 21 6 18 3
16 Scottsdale, AZ 5 -11 20 4
17 Fort Lauderdale, FL 14 -3 16 -1
18 Miami Seashore, FL 24 6 25 7
19 Lahaina, HI 4 -15 12 -7
20 Philadelphia, PA 38 18 14 -6
21 Houston, TX 78 57 22 1
22 Dallas, TX 55 33 30 8
23 Tampa, FL 45 22 29 6
24 Denver, CO 13 -11 23 -1
25 Seattle, WA 54 29 11 -14

Nonetheless, whereas the highest lodging locations (Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, and Chicago, respectively) match these of Thanksgiving 2019, the highest trip rental locations are nonetheless a bit in flux. Certainly, the highest 25 listing for trip leases reveals important rank shifts from each 2019 and 2020.

Trip Rental Vacation spot Rankings and Rank Adjustments In comparison with 2021

2021 Rating Metropolis, State 2020 Rating Rank Change (2020 to 2021) 2019 Rating Rank Change (2019 to 2021)
1 San Diego, CA 3 2 2 1
2 Portland, OR 67 65 15 13
3 Chicago, IL 138 135 16 13
4 Palm Springs, CA 1 -3 19 15
5 New Orleans, LA 46 41 4 -1
6 Los Angeles, CA 21 15 1 -5
7 Seattle, WA 14 7 8 1
8 Kissimmee, FL 4 -4 14 6
9 Nashville, TN 5 -4 13 4
10 Sedona, AZ 2 -8 17 7
11 Joshua Tree, CA 22 11 23 12
12 Kihei, HI 31 19 12 0
13 Washington, DC 43 30 18 5
14 Houston, TX 389 375 33 19
15 Austin, TX 11 -4 5 -10
16 San Francisco, CA 102 86 22 6
17 Kailua-kona, HI 96 79 114 97
18 Princeville, HI 95 77 45 27
19 Honolulu, HI 68 49 11 -8
20 Tucson, AZ 29 9 33 13
21 Brooklyn, NY 184 163 6 -15
22 Scottsdale, AZ 7 -15 10 -12
23 Philadelphia, PA 79 56 7 -16
24 Charleston, SC 77 53 44 20
25 New York, NY 44 19 3 -22

We hope that you simply and yours take pleasure in a protected and wholesome Thanksgiving—whether or not you collect nearly or across the identical desk. TripIt is right here that will help you keep protected as you enterprise again out for vacation journey. Ensure so as to add your journey plans to your TripIt itinerary in an effort to see COVID-19 journey steering by vacation spot and airline, discover medical services (do you have to want them) in Close by Locations, and find native well being and medical scores with Neighborhood Security Scores.

Methodology: TripIt checked out  U.S. origin round-trip  flight, lodging, and rental automotive  reservations made between October 18, 2020, and October 18, 2021, for journey throughout  the Thanksgiving vacation (Friday, November 19 – Sunday, November 28, 2021) with a U.S. origin, and equal reserving intervals  in 2020 and 2019. Reservation knowledge in TripIt is offered by customers and is reserving supplier agnostic.

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