Thursday Buzz: How to Make the Most of Your Air Travel in 2016
An Expedia report looks back at air travel in 2015 and predicts good things for 2016. Plus: Why your tweets could soon be getting longer.
The new year could be an exciting one for frequent air travelers, with prices in many regions declining and positive trends from 2015 continuing in 2016. To detail what it learned from the past year and cast some predictions about air travel over the next 12 months, Expedia partnered with the Airlines Reporting Corporation to release its second annual survey report, “Preparing for Takeoff: Air Travel Outlook for 2016.”
For this report, Expedia largely focused on Europe and North America, which brings particularly good news for European associations and business travelers.
“Looking at specific destinations for travelers to save in 2016, intra-Europe routes have some of the lowest expected air ticket prices. That means 2016 would be a great year to travel to Europe and hop around by plane,” Expedia PR head Sarah Waffle Gavin says. And worldwide, economy air ticket prices dropped by 8 percent between October 2014 and October 2015.
Expedia also found an answer to the question bugging every traveler: When is the best time to buy a ticket? According to the report, purchasing a ticket 57 days in advance results in the best opportunity for savings in North America. And the data goes even further, revealing the optimal days of the week to buy tickets.
With all of that said, Expedia made a point of mentioning the external factors that can cause some turbulence for air travel prices, with competition, oil prices, and unforeseen world events possibly pushing costs up or down over the course of 2016.
For the full report, click here [PDF].
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