The coronavirus continues to spread as worldwide cases have now topped 300,000, due in part to increased testing. With concerns over containing the virus and its spread, travel warnings have been issued, and travel is down across the world. travel plans and covid-19
In this new research, Upgraded Points surveyed 1,250 travelers. Here’s what they found:
Upgraded Points asked Americans when they would feel comfortable traveling again for non-essential and non-business reasons. The company found that 1 in 5 Americans (20%) said they would not feel comfortable until 2021. Interestingly, 14% of Americans said they’d be comfortable traveling in April 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and 7% said they’d travel within the next two weeks.
Additionally, Upgraded Points analyzed the data by age. One group being respondents aged 18-25, and another being respondents aged 26-34. The analysis shows that younger respondents, particularly those aged 18-25, are much more likely to feel comfortable traveling sooner than other Americans. Within the 18-25 age group, 20% said they’d be willing to travel in April, 13% said they’d feel comfortable traveling within the next two weeks, and only 11% said they wouldn’t travel until 2021.
Respondents between 26-34 years-of-age were more tentative in their travel plans. Within the 26-34 age group, 14% said they would consider traveling in April 2020, 8% in the next two weeks, and 18% said they wouldn’t feel comfortable traveling until 2021.
Americans’ Biggest Concern About Travel travel plans and covid-19
Upgraded Points asked respondents what their biggest concerns were about traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, 41% of Americans said their biggest concern was contracting the virus themselves. The second-highest response (32%) was spreading COVID-19 to friends or family as a result of contracting the virus.
Because it can take up to two weeks for those with COVID-19 to present symptoms, it’s possible to spread the virus unknowingly. 17% said their biggest concern was spreading it unknowingly to other travelers and 0.2% said they were worried about being stuck somewhere as a result of quarantine. Interestingly, 10% of respondents said they have no concerns currently about traveling.
When broken down by gender, 38% of women said their biggest concern was spreading the virus to friends/family compared to 27% of men.
Analyzing travel concerns by age, older Americans were more concerned about contracting the virus than younger Americans. This is likely given that people over the age of 65 are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 68% of respondents 65+ years old said that contracting the virus was their biggest concern; this was nearly twice the rate of those aged 18-25 who indicated their biggest concern was contracting the virus at 37%.
The Most Important Factor for Americans to Feel Comfortable Traveling Again
As for the factors that would make Americans feel comfortable to travel again, the majority said they’d rely on official announcements. 51% said that government or health officials giving the ‘all clear’ would be the most important factor to feel comfortable traveling again. Additionally, 27% of respondents said no new COVID-19 cases in the destination they’re traveling to would be the most important factor.
The Price Americans Say They’d Buy a Plane Ticket
Finally, Upgraded Points asked Americans if there was an airline ticket price low enough for them to buy a non-essential or non-business ticket. Overall, 36% of Americans said they would not travel on an airplane no matter how cheap tickets cost. 19% said they’d buy roundtrip tickets that cost between $26-$50.
When looking as price’s impact on decisions by gender, women said they wouldn’t travel on an airplane, no matter the cost, at a much higher rate than men. 42% of women indicated that they wouldn’t travel on an airplane, regardless of prices, compared to 32% of men who indicated the same sentiment.
Older Americans, those 65+ years old, were 3 times as likely to say they wouldn’t travel on an airplane. 78% of respondents aged 65+ said that they wouldn’t travel on an airplane, regardless of prices, compared to only 24% of those aged 18-25. travel plans and covid-19