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In The Know - STM June 2022 News

Travel Cost Estimates in Current Environment

Average ticket costs are currently $390 per ticket. Hopper released a report stating Americans should expect prices to remain higher than usual as key factors driving up airfare remain in flux. Airfare remains 18% higher than 2019 prices today, and International airfare continues to surge. GROUND TRANSPORTATION
Car rentals can vary on vendor discounts, but on average it’s $35-$70 a day. Gas is currently $4.88 a gallon on average in the US. Charter Bus average daily rate across the country is now roughly $1,900/day, estimating around $8/mile. HOTEL
Average nightly rate is $150

Travel Turbulence Expected Ahead of Fourth of July Weekend Amid Continued Flight Cancellations, Delays

More than 3.5 million people are expected to travel by air over the holiday weekend: AAA Travel turmoil is getting worse ahead of the busy holiday weekend as hundreds of flight cancellations and delays in the United States continued into Monday. The total delays within, into, or out of the United States was nearly 1000 with 700 U.S. flights and more than 2,300 flights, including international flights, canceled as of Monday morning, according to FlightAware. The company, which provides flight tracking data, also noted that, on Sunday, there were nearly 7,000 flight delays within, into, or out of the U.S. and 867 cancellations within the country…read more


Research: 73% of Travelers More Likely to Choose Hotels Offering Self-Service Tech

According to a new research study, entitled “Hospitality in 2025: Automated, Intelligent… and More Personal,” 95% of people plan to travel in the next six months. However, many want to eliminate the ‘touch’ from the high touch industry they once knew. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of travelers want to use their mobile device to manage their hotel experience, including checking in and out, paying, ordering food, and more.

The study, which was conducted by Oracle Hospitality in partnership with Skift, finds that travelers are also looking to personalize their journey even more by picking their exact room and floor and paying for only the amenities they want – and even wanting to pre-screen properties in the metaverse (68%). Moreover, 74% are interested in hotels using AI to better tailor services and offers, such as room pricing or food suggestions and discounts. Nearly 40% of hotel executives see this ‘unbundled’ model as the future of hotel revenue management…read more


As Flight Woes Mount, Buttigieg Urges Airlines to be Sure They Can Deliver the Schedules They Promise

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg wants airlines to do better.

After multiple high-profile operational meltdowns in recent months, particularly over Memorial Day weekend, Buttigieg called a meeting of airline CEOs on Thursday. The goal of the meeting was to avoid a repeat over the Fourth of July and throughout the summer. All mainline and regional airlines were represented at the virtual meeting…read more


Travelers Heading to Europe Will Have to Pay a Fee Starting Next Year — Here's What It Will Cost

American travelers heading on a European vacation will soon have to pay up thanks to a new fee to be implemented next year.

The €7 fee ($7.42), which is expected to go into effect in May 2023, will apply to foreign visitors 18 to 70 years old


Have a birthday soon? Check your email, Delta SkyMiles members

Check your email if your birthday’s coming up and you’re a Delta SkyMiles member.

Some TPG staffers have reported that family members received an email from Delta offering a choice of three birthday gifts which could be a nice bonus for a future trip.

TPG executive editor Scott Mayerowitz and senior aviation reporter Ethan Klapper both reported family members received an email prompting them to select which birthday offering they would prefer. The choices are 500 bonus miles, two drink vouchers or up to $500 in savings with Delta Vacations…read more

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