Expedia Inc., in partnership with Airlines Reporting Corporation and other organizations, released the findings of a study on air travel trends that concluded, among other things, that travelers to San Juan — from North America and Europe — will save an average of 18 percent, up to $484, on their trips booked between June and September 2015.
The “Travel Check-Up: Air Travel Trends 2015” report analyzes average ticket price fluctuations on key routes globally, travel demand and package growth savings opportunities globally, and the impact of foreign exchange on air travel and how long travelers are staying on vacation.
In December 2014, Expedia and ARC analyzed likely 2015 average ticket prices to many top travel destinations originating from North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, predicting a drop in prices of about 2 percent on average across North America and Europe, while prices decreased 7 percent for travelers originating in Asia-Pacific.
Regardless of where travelers may want to go, bundling a flight, car, or hotel together and booking them at the same time as a package “is a great way for travelers to get major savings in our industry,” Expedia said. By bundling, travel suppliers have more flexibility on the rate offered, so they are willing to provide travelers great deals.
“An analysis of air industry data suggests that, with smart planning, the second half of this year will be an optimal time to explore the world,” said Greg Schulze, senior vice president Expedia Global Tour & Transport.
“We work tirelessly to take data and put it at the fingertips of travelers in the form of actionable information that makes them confident to click, book, and go,” he said. “Our ultimate goal is to help travelers feel informed and empowered to get past travel decision-making and move into travel moment-making.”
“Travelers are benefiting as airlines modernize their fleets and add seats resulting in lower average ticket prices, especially for North America and Europe,” said Chuck Thackston, managing director of enterprise information management at ARC. “This additional capacity, plus other factors reported by Expedia such as length of stay and dynamic currency valuations, provides a great opportunity for travel deals this year.”
After running data on package deals booked for travel between June and September 2015 that include air and hotel, Expedia determined travelers can save up to $648 across all destinations.
For travel to San Juan, the savings will be as much as 18 percent, and $484 in value, the company said.
Expedia.com launches Spanish language site
In related news, Expedia.com announced Tuesday the launching of a Spanish-language version of its U.S. website through which customers will be able to access information in Spanish.
“We are very pleased to expand the language features of Expedia.com to allow Spanish-speaking customers to navigate our site and book travel more easily,” said John Morrey, Expedia.com vice president and general manager.
“Expedia is committed to offering our customers the best user experience to find the best valued vacation packages, flights, hotels, car rentals and more — both in the United States and abroad,” he said. “With more than 37 million Spanish speakers in the United States, this was an important step for our business.”
Expedia customer service also offers 24/7 assistance in Spanish.