Summer travel 2022: Airline booking prices are up about 40%, but cruise prices are down

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — You’ll be pleased to hear that Caribbean destinations are cutting prices, as are cruise lines. But getting there by plane could cost you dearly, and the reason goes beyond jet fuel prices.

“I thought we were going to the dentist!” said Emily, 9.

After a big surprise this morning, Emily and her family are heading to Disney. The secret has been hidden for months.

“I think we got lucky. We were watching the prices and now they’re going up,” said mum, Rachel Biles of Jenkintown.

Current prices for airline ticket reservations are up about 40%, according to

“Typically, a flight to Nashville is only $200. It was like $400,” said Bianca Evans from Oregon.

Several factors come into play: a spike in crude oil prices, which are just beginning to stabilize, and a drop in the number of flights.

“Airlines have experienced employee shortages, as have other industries and pilot shortages,” AAA spokeswoman Jana Tidwell said.

For international travel, consider a cruise or head to the Caribbean.

“There are a lot of new ships on the market, and there is room,” said Georgiann Jaworskyj of Custom Travel Services.

It has seen a 20% drop in cruise prices and Caribbean resorts are luring customers in with low fares.

“These are regions doing what they can to rebuild tourism on the islands,” Jaworskyj said.

Jersey Shore rentals fill up fast. Try off-season rentals for a good price and greater availability, says Clay Rossiter of Fox Real Estate.

“People have to be a little more creative about when they come. June and September are becoming more popular here,” Rossiter said.

If you have a little flexibility in terms of timing and location, you can take advantage of the offers.

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