American Express: 39% of US adults say they are vaccinated and feel safe to travel

    American Express reported (13-May-2021) the following travel related highlights from its May-2021 ‘Amex Trendex’ survey of US consumers:

    • Consumers are looking for deals or flexible payment options to pay for their next trip, with 36% looking for buy now, pay later features. 62% of Millennials surveyed are interested in a buy now, pay later offering that comes with their credit card;
    • 76% of consumers reported they instantly feel happier the moment they book a trip and compare the feeling to securing a hard-to-get dinner reservation (60%), getting a puppy (58%), or earning a promotion (54%). Travel plans can boost productivity as 62% of consumers say that having a vacation to look forward to makes them more motivated at work;
    • Longer trips are making a comeback as 66% of consumers surveyed plan to travel for one to two weeks for their next trip;
    • When they travel, many consumers are prioritizing outdoor destinations such as relaxing on the beach (23%), exploring the great outdoors (21%) and reuniting with friends and family (30%);
    • 39% of adults say they are vaccinated and feel safe to travel, they feel more comfortable avoiding big crowds and are spending more time outdoors;
    • Nearly half of consumers indicate that they will travel on weekends adjacent to upcoming summer holidays such as Memorial Day (46%), Independence Day (41%) and Labor Day (47%) instead of during these weekends to avoid crowds. [more – original PR]
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