Study Finds 60% of People Who Usually Fly Home for the Holidays Won’t This Year


Rising travel costs, airport delays, and other stressors mean fewer people will be flying home for the holidays this December.

Almost 60% of people who normally fly home for the holidays will not this year, a survey of more than 1,000 visitors to travel deals website Airfarewatchdog found; 36% of whom say because it is too expensive and 21% would prefer to drive than deal with delays and long lines. An additional 13% said “the skies are too crowded” to fly home this year.

It’s also not cheap: 70% of people who fly home for the holidays spend between $500 and $1,000 and 20% spend more than $1,000, according to a study of more than 1,000 users from travel assistant app Mezi. Most Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, making such steep spending a major yearly commitment. More than half of people would prefer to break this annual tradition and spend holiday vacations on the beach or exploring a new city instead, the study found.


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