The First 2020 Thanksgiving Travel Trends Emerge From The Latest Data

Oct 26, 2020 Impacting Travel

The First 2020 Thanksgiving Travel Trends Emerge From The Latest Data

As the holiday season approaches, many Americans are weighing the pros and cons of traveling, as they normally would, to vacation with loved ones amid ongoing pandemic conditions. Even the most reliable consumption patterns in the travel industry have changed since COVID-19 struck in March, and it is inevitable that travel trends for the rest of 2020 will differ from what the world is used to.

Online travel company Skyscanner has used its unique expertise and data resources to create a forecast of trends in air travel in the US that we can expect to witness before the Thanksgiving holiday. The first is that the busiest day for Thanksgiving 2020 trips will be the day immediately preceding the celebration, Wednesday, November 25.


“November is traditionally the busiest month to travel in the US, and while we won’t see the passenger volumes we saw last year or the year before, we expect it to be busier than usual,” said Mark Crossey, Expert. on US travel for Skyscanner. “Searches and reservations are increasing weekly and we see great travel intentions during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years weeks.”

In 2019, 61 percent of Thanksgiving travelers booked their trips within six weeks of the vacation. Given the prevailing trend in 2020 of making last-minute bookings in light of ever-changing state restrictions and flight availability, that trend is likely to continue this year as well.

Search data from Skyscanner also returned a list of the top ten most searched Thanksgiving travel destinations among US users, some of which seem to indicate that many Americans are planning to go on vacation, rather than simply traveling to see friends or relatives.

“Mexico has been a very popular destination for travelers since the restrictions were lifted. We’ve also seen our users search, plan, and book trips to winter sun destinations like Florida. “

Being a trend now

Skyscanner’s top ten Thanksgiving destinations so far are:

1. New York

2. Cancun

3. Orlando

4. Las Vegas

5. Denver

6. Los Angeles

7. Fort Lauderdale

8. Atlanta

9. Chicago

10. Tampa

“Since airlines offer protected fares and prices remain extremely competitive, there are some great deals that will not leave vacationers out of pocket, should the reservation be affected by changes in restrictions,” Crossey said. “We have introduced icons and filters to ensure travel options covered by flexible policies are highlighted, as well as provide safety and hygiene ratings for airlines to ensure travelers can book with more peace of mind.”