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RedFlagDeals.com Holiday Travel Survey, 2021

RedFlagDeals.com Holiday Travel Survey, 2021

By Kate Musgrove

We surveyed 1,157 individuals from the RedFlagDeals.com community. Here's what they had to say about travel in the 2021 Holiday Season — and beyond. This survey was conducted from December 15-20, 2021.

Do you plan to travel by plane during the 2021 Holiday Season? 22% of respondents answered YES, 79% answered NO.

Do you plan to travel by plane in the future? If so, when? 45% plan to travel in the next 6–12 months; 25% within 3–6 months; 22% within 1–3 months. 20% do not plan to travel by plane in the next year.

If you plan to travel by plane, will it be for business or pleasure? 71% said they plan to travel for pleasure, 10% for both business and pleasure, and 4% for business. 15% do not plan to travel by plane at all.

If you will be travelling by plane, who will you be travelling with? Almost half will be travelling with family, while 30% will be travelling solo.

Do you feel that airlines have proper COVID-19 safety measures in place? 76% said yes, they do.

Have growing concerns over the Omicron variant affected your travel plans? 70% said no, 30% said yes, and that they had cancelled their flights.

Are you hesitant to travel or book new flights because of the Omicron variant? 63% said yes, 37% said no, they are not hesitant.

If you plan to travel by plane, where are you travelling? 48% said they will travel within Canada, 36% said they will travel to the United States, 28% said they will travel to Asia, 19% said they will travel to Europe, 18% said they will travel to the Caribbean, 6% will travel to South America, 3% will travel to Australia, 2% will travel to Africa.

If you plan to travel by plane, what type of trip will you be taking? 61% of respondents will be visiting a city, 37% of respondents will be taking a beach vacation, 21% of respondents will be visiting a town, 20% of respondents will be taking an outdoor/adventure vacation, 8% of respondents will taking another form of vacation, 5% of respondents will be taking a ski or snowboarding trip, 3% of respondents will be taking a camping or fishing vacation.

If you plan to travel by plane, will you bundle your flight and accommodation or purchase them separately? 74% will purchase their flight and accommodation separately.

Once you reach your destination, will you be renting a car? 41% of respondents will be renting a car, 59% will not be renting a car.

How much do you and your travel companions plan to spend on airfare within the next six months? 21% will spend up to $500, 24% will spend $500-$1000, 24% will spend $1000-$2000, 15% will spend $2000-$3000, 7% will spend $3000-$4000, 3% will spend $4000-$5000, 5% will spend $5000+.

How much do you and your travel companions plan to spend on accommodations within the next six months? 25% will spend up to $500, 23% will spend $500-$1000, 27% will spend $1000-$2000, 13% will spend $2000-$3000, 5% will spend $3000-$4000, 3% will spend $4000-$5000, 4% will spend $5000+.

If you plan to travel by plane, which airline would you consider travelling with? 83% of respondents said Air Canada, 58% said WestJet, 23% said United, 23% said Delta, 23% said Air Transat, 19% said Sunwing, 14% said Swoop, 14% said Porter, 12% said Flair Airlines, 11% said other.

If you plan to travel by plane, how will you book your flight? 65% of respondents said they will book directly through the airline, while 56% said they would book through a third party (such as Expedia, Kayak, or Priceline). 13% will book through a travel agent, and 4% will book through another booking source.

If you plan to travel by plane, which of the following factors will influence your decision to book a flight? 91% said price, 49% said the availability of direct flight options, 44% said airline reputation, 41% said a flexible cancellation policy, 37% said flight discounts, 35% said COVID-19 safety measures. Additionally, loyalty programs (31%), baggage allowance (29%), flight/hotel package discounts (16%), travel credit cards (13%) and "other" (2%) were mentioned.

If you plan to travel by plane, will you purchase travel insurance? 44% said they will; 56% said they will not.

What is the main online research destination you consult hen booking air travel and/or a vacation involving air travel? 36% said third party flight booking sites, while 29% said community/forum websites. 18% said airline websites, and 14% said travel blogs.

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    • Did I miss seeing the winners of the survey somewhere? Am always keen to know what kind of gift cards are handed out and who won them! ^-^
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