Over the past year, Uniglobe Travel Designers has been keeping up with the endless changes within the travel industry and advising our clients accordingly. Now that vaccines are rolling out and we are all excited to get back out exploring, we are anticipating 2021 to be filled with some trial-and-error with new best practices and a little bit of “growing pains” as the travel industry re-regulates.
Uniglobe Travel Designers leverages our industry partnerships to ensure our clients receive the best value. We receive daily notifications from our travel partners, are informed of any updates, and are constantly monitoring changes. We are here to assist you navigate the following trends, find the best fares, and ensure your trip planning is a seamless experience.
Please keep in mind, with so much constantly changing, these notes may change by the time you finish reading! Stay connected with us for future updates.
Everything is still being kept squeaky clean:
Travel partners are continuing to sanitize all surfaces, wear masks, maintain social distancing, and provide a clean and safe experience.
We advise booking flights farther in advance to ensure a seat:
In 2020 airlines slashed the number of flights per day to match the plummeted demand with worldwide quarantines. Now that demand is steadily increasing, the supply hasn’t quite caught up yet. Airlines need to forecast what’s needed, reinstate flights, and hire back employees – and that may take some time.
Prepare to pay more for those flights:
With the limited supply and high demand mentioned above, expect higher fares! Confirming your plans in advance can help ensure you find the best value possible.
We’re seeing the same challenges with car rentals:
Limited availability and higher pricing is also trending with rental car companies. In 2020, most rental car companies sold their inventory. Many people who normally relied on public transport felt safer purchasing or leasing vehicles. Rental car companies took note and saw an opportunity to generate some revenue when travel was disrupted. Now that travel is opening up again, they find themselves with limited fleets and will need some time to rebuild to meet returning demand.
Don’t be surprised by higher hotel rates:
To try and supplement revenue lost, prices throughout the industry will be inflated. While it is normal for hotel rates to increase 2-3% per year, we are anticipating an increase as high as 11% between 2021 and 2022.
The trends we see are across the board:
It’s not just larger cities or specific markets where we’ve been witnessing these patterns. Smaller markets are not exempt from limited availability and higher rates – plan accordingly! Confirm your plans far in advance to ensure you are receiving the best value for your trip.
We always advise looking into travel insurance:
Travel insurance is one of those things you hope to never use, but are so relieved to have it when you need it (You can even read some of our travel insurance tales here). Since the start of the pandemic, travel insurance companies started providing more options for travelers so you can find the best plan for you.
A lot is changing very quickly, and we are all excited to get back out there! Now more than ever, it is important to plan ahead. Continue being safe, exercise a little extra patience, and don’t forget to call us for any help needed with your next trip. We are here to support you!
Written by the UTD Team
Uniglobe Travel Designers is a minority, women owned, award-winning, full service travel management company specializing in both corporate and leisure travel. This article was a collaborative effort from our team.