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“I’ve seen a lot of people cut back or make changes to their summer travel plans,” says Patrick DeHann, Senior Petroleum Analyst at GasBuddy.com.
Higher gasoline prices are the obvious reason, but with civil unrest in the Middle Eastand North Africa, natural disasters from Japanto Australia to Alabama, and new travel security concerns following the death of Osama Bin Laden, it may be an unappealing time to get on a plane.
The question then for many in the travel industry is, Will this summer be of the staycation or USAcation variety?
After all, the economy — though in a modest growth mode — is the best in four years, and it's not the first year air travel is expensive.
Rick Seaney, founder of FareCompare.com, notes that 2011 is unusual in that there have already been seven fare hikes.
“That is a steep increase in ticket price for someone used to paying $200 for a ticket,” says Seaney.
Fuel prices were also high or higher for much of 2008, but back then, notes Seaney, planes were usually 30 percent empty. Now, with capacity cutbacks, they're fully booked.
“There are just more people chasing fewer seats,” says Seaney, where fewer planes and more travelers result in higher prices, especially for international travel.