Leading Online Booking Site Notes Surges in Latin America and Europe Bookings with Cancun, Manila and San Jose Among Top International Destinations for 2013
What's in store for travel this year? Leading online booking site OneTravel.
com is sharing tips and predictions for the New Year including new airfare structures and the best places to score a deal, making it easier for leisure and business travelers to navigate the friendly skies and get the most for their money.
New Bundled AirfaresOne of the biggest changes for 2013 will be airfare structure. âTravelers will begin to see more airlines switch to a âbundled fare' pricing structure,â said Mark Drusch, Chief Supplier Relations Officer for Fareportal, the parent company of OneTravel.com. Standard airfares will remain, but with new tiered options for an additional fee, travelers will receive perks such as free checked bags, the reduction or elimination of change fees, bonus miles and priority boarding. According to Drusch, âThe new structure provides much needed travel flexibility, a feature especially important for business travelers.â Reduced CapacityDrusch also noted that many carriers reduced capacity in 2012, a trend that will continue in the early half of 2013. âThis decrease, coupled with an increased demand from leisure travelers, will continue to cause the fare surges we saw during the second half of 2012.â He advises travelers to book early to avoid increasing ticket prices, and to fully understand what is included with their fare type so there are no surprises later. Currently, the average booking window for domestic trips through OneTravel.com is 54 days, whereas international trips have an average booking window of 78 days.
On the up side, although airlines are reducing capacity, both foreign and domestic carriers are increasing the number of non-stops from interior US gateways. Drusch cites American Airlines' new Dallas to Lima flight and a Houston to Istanbul flight on Turkish Air as examples of this trend. Bargain DestinationsLeisure travelers will still be able to find savings if they know where to look. Because they are relatively inexpensive and unexplored, Central and South America are increasingly popular destinations for US travelers. Even countries like Nicaragua and Colombia, which have had security concerns, are now being discovered as more people feel comfortable going there. Overall, OneTravel.com has seen significant surges in Latin America bookings compared to last year, citing Santiago (500 percent), Rio de Janeiro (156 percent), San Jose (145 percent), Buenos Aires (78 percent) and Lima (20 percent) as the most sought-after destinations.
Across the Atlantic, Drusch believes there will be a continued uptick in travel to Greece, as the government will drive tourism initiatives as a means for economic growth. Deals will also abound in Spain, Italy and Turkey, which are continuing to battle their own economic issues. In fact, bookings on OneTravel.com throughout Europe are up this year over 2012, with Barcelona increasing 45 percent, Athens by 27 percent, and Istanbul by 7 percent. Drusch also expects to see leisure travel growth to Middle Eastern cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which are designed for heavy inbound tourism and have a cool cachet about them.
Currently, OneTravel.com's overall top five international destinations for 2013 are Cancun, Manila, San Jose (Costa Rica), Lima, and Trinidad and Tobago.
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