On the Road Again: AAA Offers Summer Travel Preview

AAA Travel shares Arizona summer travel trends 

Phoenix, April 23, 2013. While the official start of summer is still a few weeks away, Arizonans have already started making travel plans. As the largest leisure travel agency in North America, AAA is providing insight into where Arizonans are going this summer.

“Our booking data indicates Arizonans are shaking it up a bit from last year,” said Amy Moreno, director of travel services for AAA Arizona. “From taking advantage of local deals to trekking across the globe, the travel desires of Arizonans this summer are diverse.” 

After increasing more than five percent last year, AAA Travel bookings are up another percent so far in 2013. The following trends highlight the full-service travel agency’s booking data:

  • East Coast vs. West Coast. Arizonans generally flock to California and Florida during the summer months. However, this year, more Arizonans are California dreaming. AAA Travel bookings for Disneyland® are up 35 percent, while Disneyworld® bookings are down 14 percent. This data reflects a trend that suggests some families are opting for destinations that are reachable by car versus by air this summer.
  • Domestic Desire. Deterred by airfare prices, domestic travel makes sense this summer, says AAA Travel experts. The full-service travel agency has noted a resurgence of Arizonans interested in the sights, sounds and experiences our great country has to offer. With an extended break from school, summer affords families the perfect opportunity for all types of domestic destinations.
  • The Great Outdoors. National Parks have never been more popular. In fact, more than 275 million visitors take in the majestic landscapes of these destinations each year, according to the National Park Service. The parks become a travel hotspot during the summer months, offering a scenic, educational, yet cost effective in-state or cross-country road trip.  

Planning a trip can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned traveler. To aid Arizonans in the travel planning process, AAA recommends three tips to ensure a successful summer getaway:  

  1. Budget for fees. Fee free travel is a thing of the past, and can easily burst your travel budget. Research travel carriers to understand true travel costs before booking, or better yet, enlist the help of a travel agent, such as AAA, who is privy to the ever-changing industry.
  1. Search out savings. With savings at more than 130,000 participating locations, AAA’s Discount program helps members save more than $100 per year, which can help make the most out of any travel budget. This includes discounts on attraction tickets across the country, including more than 45 attractions in Southern California, Arizona’s most popular summer destination. Consumers should also remember to seek savings during their trip planning process. Many hotels and resorts, for example, offer incentives such as free breakfast, which can help save money, as well as special pricing for students, military and AAA members.
  1. Use technology. Smartphone applications are invaluable travel tools. For example, Through the AAA Mobile app, users can summon roadside assistance, receive door-to-door direction, discover AAA member discount locations and much more. Most travel carriers also have free apps that can aid travelers on the go.

AAA releases three travel forecasts each summer. The first, which will be released in advance of Memorial Day, will provide additional insight into Arizonans summer travel intentions.

AAA is a full-service travel agency, and the largest leisure travel agency in North America. For more information on AAA Travel, visit AAA.com/travel.

Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.