AAA bookings on the rise; families plan to warm up as travel demand increases
Submitted by AAA of Western and Central New York
Travel is on the rebound as the upcoming school break approaches. AAA’s online travel bookings for January were up nearly 250% compared to January 2021, and January travel reservations even surpassed prepandemic levels, increasing 20% over January 2019.
Some travelers are taking a long weekend for the Presidents’ Day holiday, while many families are taking advantage of mid-winter break from area school districts to escape for the whole week. It’s no surprise that our top five most popular destinations all feature warm climates!
Top destinations for area travelers based on AAA bookings:
√ Fort Lauderdale and Miami – cruises and South Florida beaches
√ Cancun, Mexico
√ Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
√ Montego Bay, Jamaica
For those driving to destinations, Florida remains at the top of the list with Orlando and Tampa very popular, followed by Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; and Charleston, South Carolina.
Here are AAA’s top tips for travelers this February break:
√ Pack N95 or KN95 masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and disposable gloves in your carry-on, and make sure it is easily accessible.
√ Purchase travel insurance that specifically provides coverage for travel interruption and additional expenses due to COVID-19.
√ Anticipate the expenses associated with delays and cancelations, including the possibility of having to stay longer if stranded. A negative coronavirus test is required to return to the U.S. from an international trip.
√ Notify credit card providers of your travel details (specify location and duration) to reduce the risk of frozen cards due to unusual activity.
√ Have photos of your vaccination card and other important documents (like your passport) on your phone as a backup.
√ Understand your destination’s COVID-19 restrictions and requirements, including if you will need to take a test ahead of leaving and/or returning home.
From family vacations to couples retreats to spring break fun here in the U.S. or around the globe, AAA, the foremost authority in travel, is the premier choice for vacations. Simply visit https://westerncentralny.aaa.com/travel or call 855-862-6651 or stop into a AAA Travel & Insurance Center. Travelers can also download the free AAA mobile app to map a route, find the lowest gas prices, access exclusive member discounts, find more than 59,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants, request roadside assistance and more.
As upstate New York’s largest member services organization, AAA Western and Central New York provides more than 887,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at www.AAA.com.