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Fall means prime time travel for many

Posted by Paul Kandarian  October 11, 2012 12:22 PM

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In the category of interesting but not essential information: American Express Spending and Saving Tracker has released some info on our travel habits. Seems that U.S. workers have an average of eight unused vacation days this fall, and many will lose them at year's end, a whopping 74 percent plan to use them over the fall months.

Why? Survey says: It's more affordable, according to 31 percent of those traveling this fall, with 23 percent of fall travelers choosing off-season destinations like the Caribbean and Hawaii, where the deals are better this time of year. We're not sure how the family and friends feel about this, but 35 percent of those traveling will save more money by staying with them.

The tracker also shows 26 percent of travelers booking farther in advance, and 21 percent offsetting costs by using loyalty points. Other info: 37 percent will travel domestically this fall, while just seven percent will take it outside U.S. borders. The two most popular international travel spots are Europe (32 percent plan going there) and the Caribbean (29 percent).
And closest to home: 27 percent plan staying nearby to take in their area's fall foliage.

Not surprisingly, American Express not only tracks travel, it plans it for you, which you can check out at  American Express Travel Insiders.

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