Travel costs declining as coronavirus continues to spread

Posted at 10:33 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 23:33:52-04

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department are advising travelers to avoid cruise travel but that strong advisory is not stopping everyone from booking their dream vacations.

Travel agencies across the U.S. are seeing a decline in booking but experts say the decline shouldn't last long.

"We certainly always want to travel, it's just a matter of making sure that we're safe and that we know what environment we are going to go into." says Associated Travel Agent, Robbie Bush.

Associated Travel agent, Robbie Bush, has worked in travel for nearly 40 years and says it's not uncommon for travelers take advantage of cheaper prices during widespread outbreaks.

Bush says, "We always see a push back after everything is resolved to try to give an incentive for people to travel."

A flight to New York is currently $215 and flights across the United States are no more than $300. Although it's an appealing price tag, Bush says consumers should be rational before booking.

Bush says, "We know a lot but we don't know enough and making decisions based on memes and social media and commentaries on TV is risky but you have to justify it based on your own personal concerns."

As prices will frequently change because of the novel coronavirus concerns, Bush says people should not be afraid.

"It's not the first and it's probably not going to be the last and even if something goes away, is it gonna come back? I don't necessarily think that people should completely change their lifestyle if they don't have to," says Bush.

Bush advises travelers who are thinking about taking trips in the near future to look at daily updates about the virus.