We're quickly approaching our two-year anniversary of shutdowns and quarantines and reflecting on how much the travel industry has evolved and continues to change. Over the past two years, Uniglobe Travel Designers has been keeping up with the endless changes within the travel industry and advising our clients accordingly. With vaccines available and our unwavering wanderlust, we are anticipating 2022 to be filled with continued trial-and-error with new best practices and a few more “growing pains” as the travel industry continues to re-regulate.
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 in navigating 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 continue to hire back employees - which are still efforts we'll see carry over into the new year.
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. Over the past year, rental car companies have been rebuilding their fleets but those efforts are continuing in 2022, especially in smaller cities.
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 saw increases as high as 11% over the past year and will continue to see higher rates into 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.
Vaccinations and testing are required by many destinations.
In 2021 the Covid-19 vaccine became available and has influenced how some of our travel partners have been operating. Destinations have varying requirements for vaccination (including boosters) and/or testing. It is crucial to research local requirements, mandates, and travel operator policies. Our team is here to assist travelers in navigating what is required for your trip on a case-by-case basis.
The availability of vaccines and boosters have empowered many travelers over the past year, but it is still crucial 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.