More Than A Third Of Americans Planning To Travel For Thanksgiving

      More Than A Third Of Americans Planning To Travel For Thanksgiving

Despite High Airfares, Among Those Traveling Nearly 40 Percent Will Fly

PR Newswire

NEWTON, Mass., Nov. 8, 2012

NEWTON, Mass., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor^®, the world's largest
travel site* today announced the results of its Thanksgiving travel survey of
more than 1,500 U.S. respondents. Thirty-five percent of travelers are
planning to travel this Thanksgiving, up from 34 percent who did so last year.
Although airfares are on the rise, 38 percent of those traveling for
Thanksgiving plan to fly to their destination, while 58 percent intend to

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The following statistics are among those traveling for the Thanksgiving

Peak Thanksgiving Travel Days:

1.31% - Thanksgiving Day, November 22
2.28% Wednesday, November 21
3.19% - Earlier than Monday, November 19

  oHalf of travelers will head home on Sunday, November 25 or later.

Distances Traveled for Thanksgiving:

1.41% - Traveling more than 500 miles
2.26% - Traveling between 100-300 miles
3.18% - Traveling 300-500 miles

  o70 percent will drive at "off-peak" hours to try and avoid the worst of
    the Thanksgiving holiday traffic.

Effect of Rising Airfares

Forty-seven percent of travelers said rising airfares impacted their
Thanksgiving travel - here are the top three ways they were affected:

1.41% - Booked their flight early
2.35% - Will drive to their destination instead of fly
3.3% - Still waiting for prices to come down

What Travelers Plan to Spend on Thanksgiving Travel

Thirty-eight percent will spend more on Thanksgiving travel this year than in
2011, 46 percent will spend the same, and 10 percent will spend less. Among
those traveling, 46 percent will spend $500 or less on their Thanksgiving

Most Popular U.S. Cities for Thanksgiving

The top U.S. destinations travelers will visit:

1.New York City
3.Los Angeles

Where Travelers are Staying for Thanksgiving:

While at their destination:

  o47% Will stay at the home of family or friends
  o33% Will hunker down in a hotel, and
  o8% Will kick back in a vacation rental.

Appetite for Technology

Among those traveling for Thanksgiving, 47 percent will use a smartphone or
tablet device to plan or assist in their Turkey Day travel.

The top uses for smartphones or tablet devices during Thanksgiving travel

1.80% - Checking the weather
2.51% - Researching restaurants
3.51% - GPS navigation
4.38% - Checking the status of a flight
5.27% - Researching a destination

"More than a third of Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving, and for some
the journey is as much a part of the tradition as the turkey," said Brooke
Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor. "Even with rising
airfares, travelers will find their way to see family and friends for the
holiday, whether it's booking early or driving instead of taking to the

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor^® is the world's largest travel site,* enabling travelers to plan
and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real
travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with
seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest
travel community in the world, with more than 60 million unique monthly
visitors*, and over 75 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30
countries worldwide, includingChina TripAdvisor also
includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the
tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 19 other
travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 74 million 
unique monthly visitors.** TripAdvisor, Inc.'s travel media brands include,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, July 2012
**Source: comScore Media Metrix forTripAdvisor, Inc.and its subsidiaries,
Worldwide, July 2012
©2012 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.

SOURCE TripAdvisor

SOURCE TripAdvisor

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