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While 83% Taking Vacations, Most Still Waiting to Book; Southwest Still a Favorite
BOSTON, May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Airfarewatchdog™, the most inclusive source of airfare deals, researched and verified by experts, today released the results of its 2014 Summer Travel Survey. Over 13,000 Airfarewatchdog subscribers responded to the poll, which indicated that most respondents plan to fly for vacation, but that 61% have yet to fully book their trips.
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Quote from Airfarewatchdog president, George Hobica:
"Judging by the average spend on vacations this summer of nearly $4500, it would appear that big budget travel is making a comeback. And almost a fifth of respondents are taking over two weeks of vacation this summer. But it was no surprise that Southwest Airlines, with its generous travel change policy and low fees, continues to be our readers' favorite carrier. Another surprise was that almost half haven't booked their travel plans yet."
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TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 22 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.virtualtourist.com, and www.kuxun.cn.
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