In these waning weeks of 2017, it’s important to pause and look at the travel trends that came to the forefront over the past 11 months and look to the future to see if they’ll stick during the coming year. According to travel guide expert Andrew M. Berke, an exercise such as this is one of the best ways for travelers to keep tabs on the industry and help them gauge expectations about their own upcoming excursions. In this article from Mr. Berke, we’ll explore findings reported by SmarterTravel.com and how seriously you should take them as we head into 2018 and beyond. After all, your summer vacation plans could shift dramatically if you’ve got a gripe with new carry-on regulations.
According to the Dec. 5, 2017 article, one of the major industry shifts we saw during the past year was the affects that a merciless hurricane season had on tourism destinations in the Caribbean. This year’s hurricane season, which typically lasts between June and November and was bookmarked by four Category 4 storms, left tourists stranded and residents in peril. The takeaway of all this, according to the article, is that those headed to a destination that they know could be at-risk is to purchase travel insurance so you can recoup any losses incurred when a flight is canceled or lodging damaged.
Travel expert Andrew M. Berke took interest in the fact that United and American airlines changed their carry-on policies. This was a bit of give-and-take, according to the article, as these two airlines were trying to compete with Spirit and Frontier by trying to “balance out low fares with fees for just about everything.” In this case, “everything” meant those taking United and American would need to check all baggage besides a backpack or other small personal possession. According to SmarterTravel.com, see what fees you could face by choosing the “basic” or “economy” classes and weigh the cost of whether using that airline makes sense financially.
The multiple media reports that surfaced during 2017 of passengers being escorted off airplanes in the event of overbooking has led to increased compensation for giving up your seats. Andrew M. Berke will be keeping an eye on this development as well, because it could be a lucrative payday in exchange for what’s probably a considerable inconvenience. According to the article, United and Delta airlines are now able to offer compensation capped at $10,000 in exchange for leaving an overbooked flight.