Before friends and family can come together and be merry this week, they’ll have to face the Scrooge of the season: traveling.
After a declining 2020 year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people traveling on vacation between December 23 and January 2 is expected to return to normal volume this year, reaching 92% of 2019 levels, according to AAA Nevada.
It is estimated that 109 million people will travel on this section, of which 100 million are expected to reach their destination and 6 million are expected to travel by air.
“With the vaccines widely available, conditions are very different and many people feel more comfortable traveling, but travelers will always be aware of the pandemic and the new variant of omicron,” said Sergio Avila, carrier. AAA Nevada said in a statement.
Las Vegas is the # 1 vacation destination for hotel bookings, according to a report from RetailMeNot and Priceline. Sin City ranks 3rd for best destinations via flights.
The report states that 31% of people traveling said it was to spend time with friends and family, with 20% choosing to leave the city to use their paid time off at work.
Those who stay in Las Vegas pay an average of $ 130 a night for a hotel room and $ 314 for flights, according to the RetailMeNot and Priceline report.
Travelers on the road can expect to pay more at the pump, as the national average for regular unleaded gasoline is $ 3.31 per gallon on Friday, according to the AAA. The Las Vegas average is well over $ 3.82 per gallon, with the state average even higher at $ 3.87 per gallon.
Tips for the airport
If your trips include Harry Reid International Airport, formerly McCarran, here are some tips from airport officials:
If you are traveling with gifts, consider wrapping them at your destination. Wrapped gifts are allowed, but if an item triggers an alarm, security guards may need to unwrap it for inspection. Gifts wrapped in carry-on baggage or checked baggage are both subject to search.
Travelers are still required to wear masks at the airport, on planes, and on other airport-related modes of transportation, in accordance with the federal mandate.
– Parking at Terminal 1 can now be paid for through mobile payment options, such as Apple Pay and Google Pay.
Some airport car parks, such as the long-term garage in Terminal 1 and the economy car park in Terminal 3, are expected to reach maximum capacity. Once capacity is reached, travelers will be redirected to available parking lots.
If you park in the economy car park in Terminal 1, add at least an hour to your package to use the free shuttle.
Travelers over the age of 18 no longer need to present their boarding passes at the security checkpoints at Harry Reid Airport.
The Transportation Security Administration has installed credential authentication technology units at all security checkpoints that only use a traveller’s photo ID.
Delays are possible, in particular due to weather problems. While the weather is not a problem in Las Vegas, it could be in other cities which can impact the network. Travelers should be prepared for potential delays by bringing snacks, childcare items, medication, and anything of immediate importance.
Regardless of the mode of travel you choose, being prepared for a trip is essential. AAA offered the following advice:
Be proactive: book flights, car rentals, hotels and all the activities planned for a trip in advance.
Be patient: with travel returning to near normal levels, travelers should be prepared for the influx of people on roads and airports. For domestic flights, AAA suggests arriving at the airport two hours before departure time and three hours before international flights.
Expect traffic: With 100 million people expected to drive while on vacation, motorists should expect slowdowns and be prepared in the event of a breakdown.