Will the “Revenge Travel” Trend Officially END in 2024?

Do you remember when the term “revenge travel” was first introduced?

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It was introduced after the COVID-19 pandemic safety measures began to lift, and people could begin to travel again. Essentially, so many people missed out on traveling during 2020 that from 2021-2023, we’ve seen revenge travel trends take off — especially in Disney World. But could that all end in 2024?

According to the Orlando Sentinel, it’s possible that this trend of revenge travel could end in 2024. While different airlines, hotels, and tourist destinations are reporting different things, “some airlines have reported decreased demand in recent months, contributing to financial losses.”

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Southwest Airlines originally planned to continue to expand its flight schedule in 2024, but has now changed its mind because  “leisure travel trends have looked less strong and more like pre-pandemic times in recent months,” per the Orlando Sentinel.

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John Grant, a chief analyst at travel data firm OAG, said, “There is no doubt that there is a slowdown occurring. We’re talking about a softening. We’re not talking about a nosedive.”

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Another reason that revenge travel may not last is because consumer costs have mounted. People are paying more for groceries, student loan payments have returned, and many face high interest rates. Additionally, as things continue to return to “normal,” that includes changing spending habits, meaning people are less likely to splurge on a large vacation.

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However, some travel is a little more affordable than it was in years prior, so people may choose to take their trips now.

Southwest at MCO Airport

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the latest, so stay tuned to AllEars!

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