The month of May is only next week, but the summer traveling season is already looking like it will exceed pre-pandemic numbers, according to AAA. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is already preparing for what they expect to be a record summer for air travel.
A significant increase in bookings for international travel is already being seen by AAA for the year. Add up this increase in travelers with the ongoing staffing shortages, limited inventory, and flight disruptions, means travelers should plan ahead.
AAA recommends if you are thinking about booking for a summer vacation, now is the time to book. Waiting too long could lead to sold out cruises, tours, or the convenience of direct-flights.
Flights to certain destinations are already expected to be reduced, New York City included, to accommodate for air traffic controller shortages. Air prices will also be between 20% and 30% higher this summer, but could go higher.
AAA does offer some recommendations to save you and your family from a potential headache. Those include: Book for AM flights (higher chance it will leave on-time), reserve your airport parking spot ahead of time, sign up for TSA PreCheck or Clear to speed up time at security, avoid checking a bag (carry-on luggage allows more flexibility if there is a cancellation or delay), and make sure to arrive at least 2 hours prior to your flight taking off.