Where can I travel for my vacation without restrictions?
“Domestic travel has been massive in the US in 2020, dominating searches and bookings on Skyscanner. However, as the world begins to open to the US we are seeing a very engaged traveler community jump on the opportunity to get out into the world again, and searches and bookings spike as news breaks that a new vacation spot is becoming open.
“It is important to note that currently the CDC advises against all non-essential travel outwith the US apart from a few exceptions and upon returning to the U.S. some travelers may face a two-week quarantine, based on their state.
“A few major US airlines are working with local governments to achieve testing agreements that will enable travel to certain destinations without the need for quarantine. American Airlines has successfully started programs in Jamaica, the Bahamas and Hawaii which will provide a much-needed boost to travel outside of the US for winter sun and breaks in 2021.”
What are the best deals for a beach vacation in the coming months?
“Air fares for domestic travel in the US remain much lower than usual for this time of year, and there are deals to be had across the board. Using December as a case study, flights from New York to Orlando have been available during the last month for as low at $35 return, Los Angeles to Miami for $105, and San Francisco to Hawaii for as little as $150 return. This is broadly representative of current fares across the board in the US, with airlines keen to stimulate bookings.
“On top of these competitive prices, many airlines have scrapped domestic fare change fees indefinitely and extended the removal of international change fees until 2021. The emergence of truly flexible travel fares has not gone unnoticed and US travelers are taking advantage. Skyscanner has responded to these trends with a series of safer, smarter travel features to help US travelers book with confidence that they’re getting the right price, with the right added extras.
“Our data shows that the constantly evolving travel restrictions are fuelling a new mindset among US travelers and we have seen a noticeable increase in interest around flexible bookings over the last few months. Bookings which fall under these policies are highlighted on our site, clearly showing travellers how to book travel that can be adjusted easily, without incurring extra costs.”
Is there a best time to book my winter vacation?
“The traditional events of the year in travel are simply not happening, so there isn’t the same ‘best time to book’ that we would normally see. Looking out for reductions on flexible ticket options is a good option for switched-on travelers looking for a last-minute bargain. If you’re set on a destination, you can set up price alerts so you’re shown when there is a deal available on your chosen route. However, if you can afford to be flexible with your destination or dates, you could bag an even better deal.”