It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, White Christmas, Elf, Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street and the list goes on and on. What do all of these movies have in common (besides that they are about the holidays)? They all take place in an icy, snowy, or cold climate! Snowflakes, hot cocoa, snowmen, and the like have all come to symbolize that time of year where we all escape from our daily work lives to spend time with loved ones. Naturally, movies, music, and thoughts of family far far away lead us all to believe that travel in the November and December months all heads northward, where the snow is falling, along with the temperatures. So we looked at data from the 2 million+ monthly trips that TripCase manages for our travelers, to see what the holiday travel trends really are.

Holiday Travel Trends Point South

We were slightly surprised to find that holiday travel trends are actually following the birds – southward! TripCase flight arrival data shows that the U.S. airports with the highest holiday change of pace* actually are in warm weather climates. Hawaii (Kahului, Keohole and Honolulu), Florida (Palm Beach) and California (Palm Springs) all have a greater share of holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years) traffic than off-season traffic.  JFK International airport, in New York City, is the only one of the top ten airports in a typically cold weather climate, according to percent of annual traffic occurring during the holidays.

Holiday Travel Trends
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