Not sure where to bring the family this holiday season? What about an upcoming trip in 2024? Chase Travel recently unveiled its holiday travel trends and 2024 travel predictions to inspire families for that next big vacation.
Chase Travel found top international destinations this holiday season include cities in China like Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai; as well as Japanese cities like Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. These cities have the strongest year-over-year holiday season growth after being closed to travelers last year at the end of the pandemic.
Other popular international destinations for this year include:
- Christchurch, New Zealand
- El Calafate, Argentina
- Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Vienna, Austria
- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
As for beachfront getaways, it’s no surprise travelers continue to flock to warm-weather destinations in winter. This year, Chase Travel sees drastic growth in destinations like:
- Noord, Aruba
- Miami Beach, Florida
- Roatan, Honduras
- West Palm Beach, Florida
- Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Families looking for a domestic holiday trip this year can also find a wide range of cities and states for families of all ages and sizes. Popular cities include Houston, Texas; Jackson, Wyoming; Seattle, Washington; Boston, Massachusetts; and Washington, D.C.
Once you’ve booked a trip to one of these destinations or another that piqued your family’s interest and begin to plan out your trip, Chase Travel’s travel advisors have listed some important tips to make travel more efficient and stress-free:
Avoid Busiest Airport Days and Show Up Early
The busiest airport dates, according to Chase Travel, in December 2023 and January 2024 are Dec. 22, 23 and 30.
Find Flexible Payment Plans
Travel costs can add up quickly. Opt for plans like My Chase Plan to split up large purchases into smaller payments with no interest, just a fixed monthly fee.
Earn Points for Holiday Travel
Eligible Chase cardmembers can earn 5,000 bonus points when booking a flight and hotel through Chase Travel. Activate, book and stay by Jan. 31, 2024, and get rewarded.
As the new year quickly approaches, family travelers are busy making lots of plans for a year of great travel and a healthier 2024. And what better way to combine the two than with a beautiful hike through nature at one of California’s most beloved state parks?
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Last month, Comfort Hotels, part of Choice Hotels brand, unveiled its first Rise & Shine prototype, a game-changer for family travelers seeking safe, comfortable and fun stays on the road. The new Rise & Shine was revealed in the opening of Comfort Inn & Suites in Mountain Grove, Missouri, located near Mark Twain National Forest.
When the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., sent its three pandas to China in November, it left only one other U.S. zoo with these fascinating animals. Families now must travel to Atlanta to see pandas, but even those will soon return to China.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
If you haven’t heard of Light & Nine, you’ve been missing out on great travel gear designed by a mom with kids in mind. The line of duffels with side shoe compartments, roller bags, backpacks and garment bags come in fun colors including Blossom Pink and Bistro Green. Made from easy-to-care-for perforated materials, they also come with Nimix characters and motifs, so your small travelers can customize their travel gear with movable/removable icons ranging from race cars to rocket ships, skateboards to paper dolls, rainbows to unicorns.