TripIt data shows one-third of Memorial Day weekend 2022 flights going abroad

The start of the summer travel season in the United States, better known as Memorial Day Weekend, is always a heavy trafficking holiday. And despite the price increase, our data shows that this year will be as busy as ever.

TripIt has analyzed US main flight, rental car, accommodation and vacation fare reservations made by our TripIt users for Memorial Day Weekend 2022 and compared the results with the 2021 equivalent booking time.

We have seen that, whether it is due to the withdrawal of the mask order, a decrease in the rate of COVID-19 infection or a common spring fever, travelers will come out with revenge. The segments we have analyzed show a significant increase over last year’s volume, although some more than others. International travel will see the largest increase so far, with about one-third of all overseas flyers and a 500 percent increase over last year. Memorial Day Weekend 2022 seems to be both the official start of summer and the unofficial return of the international holiday.

The current percentage of flight reservations compared to the previous year

Flight 2022
(All)
Flight 2022
(Domestic)
Flight 2022
(International)
2022 car rental 2022 Accommodation 2022 vacation rental
Compared to 2021 253% 207% 466% 191% 184% 134%

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The unofficial return of the international holiday

With each recent vacation apparently more travel than the last, the number of airport security checkpoints continues to break the record of the epidemic era. Memorial Day 2022 will not deviate from this trend.

We expect the busiest airports to be:

  1. San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  2. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  3. Denver International Airport (DEN)
  4. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  5. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  6. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
  7. Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DWF)
  8. Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  9. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  10. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Those departing from these airports should be given extra time to go through security, especially if their flight is on Friday (5/27), the busiest day for departure, or Thursday (5/26), when almost all will depart. For the top five most popular airports, the busiest times for departure (and when you should be extra careful to give extra time) will be:

The busiest airport hours based on departure reservations

Airport Date Departure time (local)
SFO May 27

May 26

8 o’clock in the morning
10 a.m.
8 o’clock in the morning
4 p.m.
LAX May 27

May 26

8 o’clock in the morning
1 p.m.

8 o’clock in the morning
1 p.m.

The May 27

May 26

11 o’clock in the morning
12 noon

12 noon
10 a.m.

ORD May 27

May 26

8 o’clock in the morning
7 o’clock in the morning

6 pm
1-2 p.m.

JFK May 27

May 26

8 o’clock in the morning
6 pm

6 pm
8 p.m.

Although flights have increased by more than 2.5X overall, the biggest surprise in this holiday data is One-third of flights to international destinations, A dramatic increase from last year when less than a fifth of flights flew outside the United States, although testing requirements for travelers entering the United States from abroad still remain in place, other lifting restrictions and open borders seem to be prolonging impressive returns. – Take the flight. The top 25 international destinations include London (# 5), Paris (# 13), Cancun (# 14), and Dublin (# 25).

Of the remaining domestic flights, about one-third are to destinations in California (15%), Florida (12%), or New York (6%).

Flight destination rankings and rank changes

2022 Ranking City, state 2021 Ranking Rank change (2021 to 2022)
1 Orlando, FL 2 1
2 Denver, CO 4 2
3 New York, NY 12 9
4 Las Vegas, NV 1 -3
5 London 77 72
6 Chicago, IL 7 1
7 San Francisco, CA. 11 4
8 Boston, MA 13 5
9 Los Angeles, CA. 8 -1
10 Seattle, WA 10 0
11 San Diego, CA. 20 9
12 Phoenix, AZ 5 -7
13 Paris 92 79
14 Cancun 3 -11
15 Dallas, TX 9 -6
16 Newark, NJ 26 10
17 Washington DC 48 31
18 Honolulu, HI 16 -2
19 Atlanta, GA 21 2
20 Miami, FL 17 -3
21 Nashville, TN 19 -2
22 Portland, or 23 1
23 Fort Lauderdale, FL 15 -8
24 Austin, TX 28 4
25 Dublin 108 83

If the price of gas increases, the popularity of road trips will not decrease

Rising gas prices will not reduce demand for car rentals for Memorial Day weekends. With the volume increasing by almost 200% compared to 2021, rental cars are a favorite of travel in the epidemic era. As of last holiday travel time, about one-third of car rentals have been booked in California (13%), Florida (10%) and Hawaii (8%). And while drivers seem to be looking for sunshine, they seem to be choosing big cities like Denver, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas and Seattle – all of which have increased rankings – above beach destinations like Honolulu, Lihue, Kailua. , Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, and Fort Myers — all of which have dropped in the rankings.

Car rental destination ranking and rank change

2022 Ranking City, state 2021 Ranking Rank change (2021 to 2022)
1 Denver, CO 3 2
2 San Francisco, CA. 10 8
3 Orlando, FL 2 -1
4 Kahului, H.I. 1 -3
5 Boston, MA 9 4
6 Las Vegas, NV 4 -2
7 Honolulu, HI 6 -1
8 Los Angeles, CA. 18 10
9 Phoenix, AZ 5 -4
10 Chicago, IL 21 11
11 Lihu, HI 7 -4
12 Kailua-Kona, HI 11 -1
13 Salt Lake City, UT 8 -5
14 Dallas, TX 23 9
15 Seattle, WA 40 25
16 Portland, or 17 1
17 Fort Lauderdale, FL 13 -4
18 San Diego, CA. 15 -3
19 San Jose, CA. 52 33
20 Tampa, FL 12 -8
21 Philadelphia, PA 29 8
22 Austin, TX 37 15
23 Fort Myers, FL 20 -3
24 Nashville, TN 26 2
25 Houston, TX 31 6

Travelers take a big bite out of the Big Apple

Hotel and vacation rentals saw the lowest growth in volume compared to last year, yet they saw impressive growth of 184% and 134%, respectively.

Big cities continue to call it a comeback, New York City has regained its number one spot for hotels, and New York (# 3) and Brooklyn (# 10) are also making huge leaps for vacation rentals. Other major cities such as Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and Portland also hold their place on both lists. Meanwhile, the top 25 vacation rentals also contain their own outdoor adventure destinations including Bend, OR, Moab, UT and Sedona, AZ.

Crowds will see a return to the Indianapolis Indie 500, with 16 spots rising from # 31 to # 15 for hotels and 18 spots from # 40 to # 22 for holiday rentals.

Yellowstone is going to be a hot spot for hotels, probably thanks to the popular television show. After setting records last year, Yellowstone has made it to the top-25 list to stay at number 25 this year.

Miami Beach (# 11), Savannah (# 12), and Nashville (# 13) are also newcomers to the top 25 of vacation rentals this year. Perhaps as a popular spot for rescheduled bachelor and bachelor parties?

Lodging destination ranking and ranking change

2022 Ranking City, state 2021 Ranking Rank change (2021 to 2022)
1 New York, NY 4 3
2 Las Vegas, NV 1 -1
3 Chicago, IL 7 4
4 Orlando, FL 2 -2
5 Boston, MA 13 8
6 San Diego, CA. 5 -1
7 San Francisco, CA. 14 7
8 Seattle, WA 15 7
9 Denver, CO 10 1
10 Honolulu, HI 3 -7
11 Los Angeles, CA. 17 6
12 Nashville, TN 9 -3
13 New Orleans, LA 8 -5
14 Washington DC 51 37
15 Indianapolis, IN 31 16
16 Atlanta, GA 41 25
17 Anaheim, CA. 34 17
18 Austin, TX 11 -7
19 Lahena, H.I. 6 -13
20 Portland, or 23 3
21 Philadelphia, PA 43 22
22 Miami, FL 26 4
23 Houston, TX 36 13
24 Phoenix, AZ 32 8
25 Yellowstone, WY 53 28

Vacation rental destination ranking and ranking change

2022 Ranking City, state 2021 Ranking Rank change (2021 to 2022)
1 San Diego, CA. 1 0
2 Seattle, WA 2 0
3 New York, NY 18 15
4 Chicago, IL 35 31
5 Austin, TX 7 2
6 Kissimi, FL 11 5
7 New Orleans, LA 5 -2
8 Miami, FL 17 9
9 Denver, CO 30 21
10 Brooklyn, NY 832 822
11 Miami Beach, FL 91 80
12 Savannah, GA 29 17
13 Nashville, TN 49 36
14 San Francisco, CA. 16 2
15 Palm Springs, CA. 3 -12
16 Turning, or 24 8
17 Lahena, H.I. 14 -3
18 Moab, UT 28 10
19 Asheville, NC 9 -10
20 Kihei, HI 6 -14
21 Tampa, FL 69 68
22 Indianapolis, IN 40 18
23 Portland, or 19 -4
24 Sedona, AZ 8 -16
25 Honolulu, HI 10 -15

Methodology: TripIt Memorial Day Weekend (Thursday, May 26 – Tuesday, May 31, 2022) saw U.S. main round-trip flight reservations and equivalent booking periods made between April 24, 2021 and April 24, 2022 for travel. 2021, 2020 and 2019. Reservation data on TripIt is provided by users and the booking provider is agnostic.

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