TripCase, the mobile application that improves the travel experience for users, created 8 fun holiday travel scenarios and then, with the help of data from Sabre Travel Network, tested each to see if the cost had increased or decreased this year (2010) as compared to last year (2009).

For this research, TripCase looked at all the trips that fit each scenario, were booked before November 1st of each year, and with travel occurring between December 18, 2009 and January 3, 2010 for last year and between December 17, 2010 and January 2, 2011 for this year. TripCase considered the booked cost of airfare, hotel and/or car rental for each scenario. The results?

  • The total cost of 7 out of the 8 scenarios increased in 2010 vs. 2009. The net increase across all 8 trips was 6.8%.
  • Air travel had the largest increase when comparing the scenarios in 2010 with 2009. The airfare went up in 7 of the 8 scenarios tested, with a net increase of 8.9% across all 8 scenarios.
  • Hotel costs also increased in 2010 vs. 2009. Of the 7 scenarios that included a hotel, the cost of the hotel had increased in 6 out of the 7 scenarios, with a net increase of 6.4% across all 7 scenarios.
  • Car rental was the only trip component that decreased when comparing 2010 to 2009. Of the 4 scenarios that included a car rental, the cost of the car decreased in 3 out of the 4 scenarios, with a net decrease of 4% across all 4 scenarios.

Details for each of the holiday travel scenarios that TripCase looked at:

Disney Family Vacation

A family of four flies from Minneapolis to Orlando, rents a minivan and spends 7 days in a 3-star hotel.

  • Airfare: $359 per person, up 15.5% from 2009
  • Hotel: $815, up 16.4% from 2009
  • Car: $929, down 5% from 2009
  • Total travel costs: $3,180, up 8.9% from 2009

To Grandma’s House We Go

A family of four flies from San Francisco to Des Moines and rents a midsize car for 7 days. Staying with Grandma, so no hotel is needed.

  • Flight: $520 per person, up 16.1% from 2009
  • Car: $235, down 16% from 2009
  • Total travel cost: $2,316, up 11.6% from 2009

Relaxing in the Caribbean

A couple flies from New York to St. Thomas USVI and stays in a 4-star hotel for 7 days. They do not need a car on the island.

  • Flight: $866 per person, up 5.8% from 2009
  • Hotel: $6,412, up 4.1% from 2009
  • Total travel cost: $8,144, up 4.5% from 2009

Colorado Family Ski Trip

A family of four flies from Dallas to Denver, rents a minivan, and then spends 5 days in a 4-star resort in Breckenridge.

  • Flight: $326 per person, down 1.2% from 2009
  • Car: $697, up 3.6% from 2009
  • Hotel: $1,354, down 10.3% from 2009
  • Total travel cost: $3,355, down 4.2% from 2009

Las Vegas Getaway

A couple flies from Chicago to Las Vegas and stays in a 3-star hotel for 3 days. They don’t need a car in Vegas.

  • Flight: $401 per person, up 7.2% from 2009
  • Hotel: $309.15, up 7.6% from 2009
  • Total travel cost: $1,111, up 7.3% from 2009

California for the Family

A family of 4 flies from Denver to Los Angeles, rents midsize car and stays in a 3-star hotel for 7 days.

  • Flight: $256 per person, up .7% from 2009
  • Car: $290, down 6.7% from 2009
  • Hotel: $910, up 22.7% from 2009
  • Total travel cost: $2,226, up 7.5% from 2009

Hawaii Island Vacation

A family of 4 flies from Atlanta to Honolulu and stays in a 4-star hotel for 7 days. They do not rent a car on the island.

  • Flight: $1,067 per person, up 17.3% from 2009
  • Hotel: $1,957, up 15.9% from 2009
  • Total travel cost: $6,225, up 16.9% from 2009

Europe for Two

A couple flies from Washington, D.C. to Paris and stays in a 4-star hotel for 7 days. They do not rent a car in Paris.

  • Flight: $1,348 per person, up .4% from 2009
  • Hotel: $2,383, up 8% from 2009
  • Total travel cost: $5,080, up 3.9% from 2009

About TripCase℠ ¢

TripCase is the award-winning travel management application that aggregates all travel itinerary information into one easy-to-access location. The application is built around a patent-pending messaging platform that allows the application and relevant travel partners to deliver itinerary-specific messages that help travelers avoid potential pitfalls, improve the situation when snags do arise and enhance travel with additional opportunities. With TripCase, critical travel alerts like flight delays, gate changes, and segment cancellations, are delivered to travelers free of charge as a part of the basic application. TripCase is developed by the Sabre Travel Studios, the innovation group of Sabre Holdings, which has more than 40 years of expertise in building and securely managing complex applications for major corporations