Travel prices are rising — and here’s the reason

Travel prices are rising.

The airfare site Hopper forecasts ticket prices  will jump by up to 5 percent by the end of this March but could soar by as much as 8 percent if vaccines are deployed quickly.

Hotels in many markets are projected to chalk up double-digit rate growth this year, including Seattle (up 13.5 percent), Boston (up 13.4 percent) and Chicago (up 12.6 percent) from 2020, according to hotel consultancy STR.

Weekly car rental rates, which are idling around $90 a week, will rev up to near $120 by the end of the summer, according to RateGain.

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Why can’t I get the security deposit for my Vrbo rental?

Billie Muckley expects the security deposit for her Vrbo rental to be refunded. It doesn’t happen. Who has her money?
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How do you know if it’s really safe to travel yet? It’s complicated.

Is it safe to travel yet? People like Stephanie Wolkin want to know.

Safe for her means she can see her 97-year-old mother in New Jersey without infecting her with the deadly COVID-19 virus. Safe means she can find a way to make her annual trip to France this year, to make up for the one canceled last summer.
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Wanted: Long-term accommodations for workcation travelers

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated a permanent merger of work and vacation into a “workcation.” But how do you find long-term accommodations for all those workcationers?

That’s what John Tarantino wondered after he left his 9-to-5 job in Manhattan. Tarantino, who founded a boutique watchmaking business in New York, had spent time in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, New York and Miami. But by the end of last year, he’d grown weary of making new reservations at a different vacation rental every month.

He figured there had to be a better way.
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Possible travel restrictions have travelers asking: What if?

Possible travel restrictions are leaving many Americans asking: “What if?”

What if there’s another surge? What if passengers need a negative coronavirus test to fly domestically? And what if the government tries to limit interstate travel?

The Biden administration last month imposed new testing requirements for air travelers entering the United States. It also required that masks be worn on mass transportation, including airlines, buses and trains.
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