20% of winter travelers canceled their flights to drive instead


COVID-19 concerns still loom as 60% of those who do not travel say the ongoing pandemic is the main reason to stay home

CHICAGO, 22 December 2021 / PRNewswire / – The first winter holiday season since the widespread availability of the COVID-19 vaccine still bears the shadow of the virus and its variants, prompting 61% of winter travelers to take their car keys to find themselves make it to the holiday celebrations, according to a national survey through Cars.comMT (NYSE: CARS), a leading marketplace for buying cars. Some 42% of Americans choose to drive by car because they don’t want to use other forms of public transportation. Thirty-nine percent will visit a destination more than 100 miles away, and more than half of respondents (56%) will be heading more than 50 miles from home, up 30% year-over-year.

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The holidays are a time to come together, and with concerns about the pandemic continuing and the increase in remote working, travel trends are changing, ”said Mike hanley, editor-in-chief of Cars.com. “Our data shows that one in five travelers booked a flight this holiday season but canceled it to drive instead. And with new flexibility at work, Americans are choosing to drive to their destinations and stay longer. As a family. Time will tell if these travel trends continue, but one thing hasn’t changed: Americans love their road trips. “

Additional information revealed by Cars.com’s winter vacation travel survey includes:

  • Vacation “working weeks” can be changed forever. Almost 70% of remote and hybrid workers say their ability to work outside the office has impacted winter vacation travel plans, and nearly a third of vacation travelers (32%) who are planning a trip over 80 kilometers will stay at least a week. , compared to 27% for the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • To avoid the crush, head north and hit the road before Thursday. If they drive, most winter vacation travelers (38%) will start their trip no earlier than the morning of 23 december, and 1 in 3 will go to warmer southern climates.

To learn more about the recent winter vacation travel survey, bargains, and other car buying tips and tricks, please visit Cars.com/news.

1Cars.com survey results November 17, 2021; 1,005 responses

About Cars.com
CARS is a leading automotive market platform that provides a robust set of industry-specific digital solutions that connect car buyers with sellers. Launched in 1998 with the flagship Cars.com market and based in Chicago, the company provides buyers with the data, resources and digital tools needed to make informed purchasing decisions and seamlessly connect with auto retailers. In a rapidly changing market, CARS enables dealers and OEMs with innovative technical solutions and data-driven intelligence to better reach and influence ready-to-buy buyers, increase inventory turns and gain market share. Marlet.

In addition to Cars.com, CARS brands include Dealer Inspire, a technology provider that builds solutions that empower dealerships with more efficient operations and connected digital experiences; FUEL, which gives dealers and OEMs the opportunity to harness the untapped power of digital video by leveraging Cars.com’s pure audience of car buyers in the marketplace, and DealerRater, a platform reputation management and review of leading auto dealers.

The full suite of CARS properties includes Cars.com™, Inspire Dealer®, FUEL™, Dealer Evaluator®, Auto.com™, PickupTrucks.com™ CreditIQ and NewCars.com®. For more information visit www.Cars.com.

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