Air Travel Drops As Summer Ends and Delta Variant Spreads

  • US air travel hit a 10-week low on Tuesday, according to TSA data. 
  • A TSA spokesperson said seasonal changes and typical travel patterns may be contributing to the drop.
  • Airlines and Airbnb have cited the Delta variant as a concern affecting upcoming fall bookings. 

The air travel industry has spent the first part of this year rebounding from lows during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Transportation Security Administration recorded a 10-week low for air traveler throughput, or individuals at airport security checkpoints.

The TSA screened 1,607,238 air passengers on August 17, a 28% decrease from a

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Why Travel Insurance Is So Important This Summer

After spending most of 2020 stuck at home, many people have been gearing up to take a big trip this summer. And given that more countries are finally opening their doors to U.S. travelers, the timing may seem perfect for a getaway.

There’s just one problem: The Delta variant is currently causing a surge of cases not just domestically, but also abroad. In light of that, it’s more important than ever to purchase trip insurance if you’re going to travel this summer– even if you’re using a travel rewards credit card to book your plans.

Why travel insurance is essential

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Gas, hotel, and rental car prices soar as summer travel booms

Summer travel is heating up — and so are the prices. With vaccinations widely available, an estimated 47 million Americans will jump in a car or board an airplane to travel for this Fourth of July weekend, marking the second-highest Independence Day travel volume on record since 2000, according to the American Automobile Association. 

It may also be one of the most expensive, as prices are rising for gas, hotels, and rental cars. Gas prices hit the highest amount in seven years—a national average of $3.12 a gallon, according to GasBuddy, which tracks real-time fuel prices. Rental cars, too,

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