Plus, the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) explains how to save money on your next flight.
TORONTO, November 16, 2020 / CNW / – Today, Expedia® released its 2021 Travel Trends Report, sharing predictions and tips for travelers for the coming year. By analyzing data and insights from the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) Expedia.ca, the report aims to provide travelers with the information and inspiration they need to make smart travel decisions after a year without previous.
Whether it’s Plan A or Plan C (ovid), it’s clear that Canadians spent 2020 exploring small towns in their own province that are close to the great outdoors and those that were just a few steps away. minutes by car. As we look into the new year, there are reports that Canadians are considering a new Plan C: Canada, and how they can embrace winter at home, which would be a first for many who typically flock to warmer climates. Destinations that offer skiing and outdoor activities are generating interest, as well as places on Vancouver Island, which typically have the mildest winter temperatures. However, others dream of escaping to a hot and tropical place, and especially to an island destination. The 2021 Travel Trends report analyzes traveler data to uncover the top takeaways from 2020 and what travelers can expect for the year ahead.
This year, in addition to operating its own research and demand database, Expedia partnered with the CRA for an in-depth analysis of the effects of the pandemic on air travel.
Airline ticket booking hacks for 2021
For six consecutive years, travelers have relied on the Expedia ARC Annual Report, which analyzes billions of flight segments, to provide insider tips and tricks on getting the most out of air travel. Given the atypical year, a fresh look is needed more than ever.
What this means for Canadian travelers is that while average ticket prices are a bit lower for domestic and international flights, prices increase during peak periods like summer and vacations. To get the best deal, travelers need to know when to book and when to start their trip.
- Best day to book and travel: The best day of the week to reserve1 an international or domestic flight is Sunday and the best day to start your trip2 for domestic travel, it is Friday, international travel being Thursday; this planning could save you around 10 percent.
This year, average ticket prices (ATP) for domestic flights hit their lowest level in early July just around Canada Day, and then started to rise over the summer as demand for travel. repressed resumed. Turning to the fall months, ATPs for domestic flights have largely returned to their 2019 levels; However, depending on official travel restrictions and health advice, we will likely continue to see prices fluctuate for the foreseeable future.
Priorities for Canadian travelers in 2021
- Flexibility is not a “good to have”, it is required: In 2021, flexibility will continue to be a priority for travelers, who have booked refundable fares almost 10% more often this year than last year. Fortunately, flexibility is more affordable than ever. Accommodation data from Expedia.ca shows that average daily rates for refundable bookings were almost 15% cheaper in 2020 than in 2019.
- Advances in health and safety are essential: In 2021, concerns about safety while traveling will continue to impact all aspects of travel planning, from what type of accommodation to choose, where to go and who to travel with. Since May, nearly 300,000 properties have added health and cleanliness information to Expedia.ca, which includes improved cleaning measures, contactless check-in, social distancing and other property safety considerations. clients.
- Shorter booking windows for travel plans: In 2019, the average Canadian traveler booked flights around 34 days before their departure date, but at the start of the pandemic, that window was reduced to 22 days, where it remains. The new, shorter planning cycle illustrates how travelers have adjusted to a rapidly changing environment and constant uncertainty. This is a trend that we are also seeing with accommodation. Last minute bookings during the summer were on the rise with about half of Canadian travelers booking 0-7 day trips, an increase from previous years.3
- Growth of alternative accommodation options: While the most popular type of accommodation in 2020 was hotels, this year some alternative property types were more popular than in previous years. This is particularly the case for: private vacation homes, cottages, glamping experiences, tree houses and houseboats. When looking to book a stay, data shows that the lowest average daily rates are typically found on Mondays.
Trending destinations for 2020 have Canadian roots4
This year’s list of trending destinations is quite different from last year’s list, with more rural and remote locations outside of city centers, and domestic destinations completely filling the top ten. In previous years, trending destinations included a mix of American cities and other international cities, but this year the story is largely a story of Canadian roots. The fastest growing destinations are: Jasper, AB (# 1), Gaspésie-Îles de la Madeleines, QB (# 2), Banff, AB (# 3), Tofino–Ucluelet, BC (# 4), Okanagan Valley, BC (# 5), Muskoka, ON (# 6), Georgian Bay, ON (# 7), Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, QB (# 8 ), Thunder Bay, Ontario (# 9), Golden, BC (#ten).
The next big trip: top destinations for 2021 and beyond
While nearby getaways and road trips are likely to remain popular as travelers navigate the current realities of living in the midst of a pandemic, research data5 proves that the desire to travel to Canada remains strong. Specifically, it appears that vacation-deprived Canadians who dream of their next trip fall into one of two categories:
Sun and beach seekers. Looking at the top 20 destinations, more than half are southern hemisphere islands or those offering a hot and sunny beach getaway. After a year like 2020, it’s not hard to imagine why so many travelers want to escape to an island whenever they get the chance. As a general rule, Canadians have a habit of swapping out their winter coats for their summer clothes depending on the general seasonality, but of course this year was not like the others, although it was not. hasn’t stopped travelers from staying inspired and dreaming of warmer weather.
- Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen and Tulum (# 1)
- Puerto Vallarta (# 2)
- Orlando (# 3)
- Cancun (# 4)
- Oahu (# 5)
- Maui (# 7)
- Punta cana (# 8)
- Maldives (# 9)
- French Polynesia (# 11)
- Bali (# 13)
- Barbados (# 15)
- Turks and Caicos (# 16)
- St. LUCIA (# 17)
Trail and coast explorers. Whether travelers are looking for time in the great outdoors to ski or enjoy the snow-capped mountains, or more temperate temperatures, the good news is. Canada has both. Looking at the research data, we see these two themes emerging among popular destinations. This tells us two things – some Canadians are ready to embrace the snow and lower temperatures, while others are looking to find a warm respite in the country.
- Banff (# 6)
- Okanagan Valley (# 10)
- Whistler (# 12)
- Mont Tremblant (# 14)
- Victoria (# 18)
- Collingwood (# 19)
- Tofino–Ucluelet (# 20)
With COVID-19, it’s important to stay safe and up to date on the latest travel guidelines and restrictions. Find out what to expect, how to find flexible travel and other information on the Expedia COVID-19 Travel Guide.
1 The best day of the week recommendation to book is based on average round-trip ticket prices from January to early October, for 2019 and 2020, from ARC’s Global Airline Sales Database.
2 Recommended best day of the week to travel based on average round-trip ticket prices from January to early October, for 2019 and 2020, from ARC’s Global Airline Sales Database. Departure date determined by the first travel date of an itinerary.
3 Interest-based or demand-based data on Expedia.ca for june 2020 to travel between June 1 – September 7, 2020 compared to the same periods in 2019
4 Trending destinations are some of the markets that show the best year-over-year growth, based on demand for accommodation on Expedia.ca between January 1, 2020 – September 14, 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.
5 Most searched destinations based on interest in accommodation on Expedia.ca between Jan 1, 2020 – Sep 12, 2020 to travel in 2021.
About Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC)
An industry leader in airline intelligence and omnichannel retail, ARC provides platforms, tools and information that help the global travel community connect, grow and prosper. ARC enables the diverse retail strategies of its customers by providing flexible settlement solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive airline transaction data set. In 2019, the CRA managed more than $ 97.4 billion in transactions between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 302 million passenger trips. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com
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