Stocks edge higher on Wall Street; travel companies gain | COVID-19

Stocks were mostly higher Tuesday, adding to the momentum the market had the day before, as investors continue to close out their positions for 2021.

Bank and health care stocks were among the better performers, while technology companies, which did well on Monday, lagged the broader market.

The S&P 500 was up 0.1% as of 11:15 a.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.4% and the Nasdaq was down 0.2%.

Travel companies recovered some of their losses from this month. Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Lines as well as airlines Delta, United and American were all up 1% or more.

Investors continue to watch the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, which is quickly becoming the dominant strain throughout the world. While virus-related lockdowns and travel restrictions remain a big concern, most big investors have closed out their positions for 2021 and are like to hold their ground until next week.

The market got some encouraging news Monday when the Centers for Disease Control reduced the amount of time an infected person would need to isolate if they tested positive.

Oil prices continued to climb, adding to their gains from the day before. U.S. crude was up 0.7%.

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Omicron Soars, Travel Soars Higher

Omicron cases are starting to soar across the U.S.

It comes as millions gather with family for Christmas. But as people try to make it home for Christmas, they are also looking for places to get tested for COVID-19 which is driving a nationwide shortage in testing supplies.

Lines backed up all across the country to buy at home test kits. Demand is so high that more retailers including CVS and Walgreens are limiting the number of kits customers can buy.

While buying a test is a challenge, labs have been challenged too. Labs all around the country are getting overwhelmed, creating long backlogs for test results.

Airlines and flight attendants are asking the CDC to cut the recommended isolation period in half for breakthrough cases from ten days to five.

Airlines are worried about potential staff shortages that could impact operations.

Meanwhile, more than 100 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more between Dec. 24 and January 2, according to AAA. That’s a 34-percent increase from last year. Twenty-seven-point-seven million more people are expected to hit the road this year. AAA says it’s a good idea to take several steps before you head out to visit family and friends.

Airlines are expected to see a 184-percent increase in traffic from last year with more than six million people flying over the next week.

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Riders can expect higher fares over the holidays


  • As travel picks back up, riders across the country have noticed higher costs from ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.
  • RideGuru’s CEO said travelers can also expect longer wait times and “possibly many cancellations” over the holiday season.
  • Analyst Mark Mahaney said rising fares mean drivers are able to make “materially more” than they did before the pandemic.

As a woman in New York City, Shweta Garg used to prefer using Ubers or Lyfts to get around town.

“I felt safer, especially at night or going to the airport with my stuff,” she told USA TODAY. “I was always the Uber Pool person.”

But now, Garg said rides are far too expensive for ride-hailing services to be an option. During a July trip from her home in the financial district to John F. Kennedy International Airport (about 20 miles), Garg was stunned to find Lyft asking for more than $250 for the 45-minute trip that used to cost her less than $70. Uber wasn’t much better, pricing out the trip at over $100.

She opted to take the AirTrain tram to the airport (which cost her less than $15) and a taxi ride back home when she returned (which cost about $90 including tip). Garg said Uber and Lyft fares have gotten bad enough that she can’t remember the last time she used their apps.

“It’s a joke between (my friends) now. If someone’s like, ‘I’m going to come in an Uber or Lyft,’ it’s like, ‘OK, you’re boujee,’ ” she said. “It’s really frustrating because it’s something I felt safer doing, but it’s also something I can’t afford, and I’m sure a lot of other women can’t afford. It’s really just a shame.” 

Garg isn’t alone. As travel picks back up, riders across the country have noticed higher costs from ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. While company heads say they expect prices to drop as the pandemic ebbs, industry experts say costs will remain elevated throughout the holiday travel season.

Fares could ‘get worse’ over the holidays

Mark Mahaney, an analyst with investment banking advisory firm Evercore ISI, said there’s “no question” ride-hailing prices have spiked over the past year, with costs double pre-pandemic rates in some areas.

“Riders should be prepared for elevated pricing,” he told USA TODAY. 

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said earlier this month that average U.S. Uber prices were up 20% year-over-year, with the price hike largely driven by a shortage of drivers.

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“This has been, to some extent, a giant pricing experiment that no one wanted to get into,” Khosrowshahi told investors during a Nov. 4 earnings call. 

Ippei Takahashi, CEO of travel search engine RideGuru, said ride hailing is a “driver’s market” these days, with travel demand outpacing the supply of available drivers. Along with higher fares, he said travelers can expect longer wait times and “possibly many cancellations” over the holiday season. 

“It might even get worse over the holiday season as the travel demand explodes,” Takahashi said. At busy locations like airports, “it’s not uncommon to see 2x, 3x or 4x prices. … We’re talking about a ride that usually costs $50 costing $200. So those definitely hit consumers’ pockets directly.”  

When will Uber and Lyft prices drop?

Khosrowshahi of Uber believes “pricing will ease a bit” now that more drivers are signing on to work. He said the number of active drivers at Uber is up more than 65% since January, allowing both wait times and surge pricing incidents to drop. 

Lyft CEO Logan Green said earlier this month that the company has also seen a “material improvement” in driver supply, with the number of active drivers in the third quarter up 45% compared to the same period the year prior. 

But the ratio between travelers and drivers is still too wide, according to Takahashi of RideGuru. He said many gig workers he’s spoken with switched to food delivery apps like Uber Eats and DoorDash during lockdowns when travel was low and have yet to return.  

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With Uber and Lyft, “you’re locked up in a small vehicle literally all day with multiple people. So their level of contact is much, much higher, and these are people who may or may not be vaccinated,” Takahashi said. “They consider (food delivery) to be safer, more reliable.”

Not all have steered clear of ride-hailing gigs. Mahaney said rising fares mean drivers are able to make “materially more” than they did before the pandemic, which is helping boost the number of drivers and lower rates. 

But riders shouldn’t hold out hope that they’ll see pre-pandemic rates return any time soon. Lyft Chief Financial officer Brian Roberts said he expects Lyft prices will drop as “we fully emerge (from) the pandemic.”

“I think the marketplace will rebalance itself,” Mahaney told USA TODAY. “(But) that level of elevation will continue to moderate as we go over the next three to six months.”  

Tips for keeping costs down

Uber and Lyft prices and wait times can vary, especially during busy travel periods. Here are some tips ahead of the holiday travel season that can help riders get to destinations quickly and without breaking the bank.

► Share a ride: Uber relaunched a revamped Uber Pool – now called UberX Share – earlier this month. The ride sharing feature, which was suspended during the pandemic, lets riders save 5% on their fare and get Uber Cash if they’re paired with a co-rider. The updated riding option asks riders to take a selfie to verify that they’re wearing a mask when requesting a shared ride and limits two co-riders per trip.

Lyft’s lowest-priced option, shared rides, is back in a single market, Philadelphia, and “coming soon” to Chicago and Denver, according to a company spokesperson.  

► Wait and save: Uber says riders who aren’t in a rush can save money by waiting a few minutes to request a ride to see if prices go down.

Lyft riders also have the option to use the “wait & save” feature, which lets riders opt for a longer wait time with a lower fare.

► Compare options: Takahashi said now more than ever, travelers should do their research and compare options before booking a ride. That means not only comparing Uber and Lyft, he said, but factoring in public transportation or taxi prices, which can be cheaper at times in certain markets since their prices are regulated and don’t surge.

“Taxi is definitely making a comeback,” Takahashi said.  

► Book in advance: Uber riders can book their ride in advance through Uber Reserve. Reservations made at least two hours in advance are backed by an on-time pickup guarantee; if a ride is more than five minutes past the scheduled pick up time, riders will get up to $50 in Uber Cash. The feature is also available at airports and lets users have a ride ready upon arrival, even if their flight is early or delayed. 

Lyft riders in select regions can also schedule their rides up to seven days in advance. The company does not guarantee a driver will be available in the area at the requested pickup time.   

Takahashi said scheduling a ride in advance is “very smart,” but warned that it doesn’t let riders to avoid surge pricing during busy travel times. 

► Split the fare: Uber riders can automatically split the fare equally with a friend who is sharing the ride. Lyft also lets riders split costs through Venmo. 

► Use priority pickup: Lyft riders worried about running late can pay extra for priority pickup in select areas. Uber also lets platinum and diamond members access faster pickups at select locations based on driver availability. 

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With US International Travel Reopening, Expect Higher Prices and Longer Lines

We’re fast approaching November 8, the date the United States’ new system for international travel goes into effect, and fully vaccinated foreign visitors can enter the country under a simpler and more inclusive set of COVID-19 regulations.

Under the new rules, international air arrivals coming from more than 30 countries must be fully vaccinated and provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of boarding their U.S.-bound flight.


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The relaxation of U.S. border restrictions means that foreigners from more than 30 countries, whose citizens have been blanketly banned from entering the U.S. for the past 19 months, may visit for non-essential purposes—perhaps to reunite with friends or family or simply to vacation. That comes as most welcome news to the U.S. travel industry, which was categorically brought to its knees by fallout from the pandemic.

In its announcement earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also stipulated that airlines are to be responsible for collecting passengers’ information and passing it on to the agency for contact-tracing purposes. That’s expected to put additional strain on airport operations, since many carriers are still struggling to keep up in terms of adequate staffing levels and re-training.

Daniel Burnham, senior member operations specialist at Scott’s Cheap Flights, predicted that, with airline personnel being burdened with collecting contact information, and verifying each passenger’s vaccination status and test results, “this will likely cause crowding in the early days of implementing these new rules at many European airports,” as he told NBC News.

So, international travelers trying to fly to the U.S. are likely to encounter significant back-ups, long lines and wait times at the airport. They’re also likely to find fewer bargains on flights and accommodations, especially for hotels in popular U.S. cities, such as New York, Los Angeles and Orlando.

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American Airlines gate agents at the counter. (photo courtesy of American Airlines)

According to Nicholas Calio, president and CEO of the trade association Airlines for America (A4A), searches and sales for flights to the U.S. are already spiking. “We have seen an increase in ticket sales for international travel over the past weeks,” he said in a statement, “and are eager to begin safely reuniting the countless families, friends and colleagues who have not seen each other in nearly two years, if not longer.”

Of course, as demand increases, so does pricing. The cost of an international flight has risen by an average of 12 percent since last month, Adit Damodaran, an economist for the travel app Hopper, told NBC. “We expect international prices to rise another 15 percent from now until the holidays,” he added.

“Travel searches on Expedia and have been simmering in anticipation of the borders reopening and came to a full boil the moment the U.S. pinpointed November 8,” Melanie Fish of Expedia Brands told the outlet. “Increased demand in 2022 is likely going to mean fewer travel bargains are out there.”

“It’s expected that city hotels in the U.S. will be in high demand—a reverse in trend over the past 18 months,” explained Misty Belles, vice president at the Virtuoso travel network. “So, say goodbye to low rates and flexible cancellation policies.”

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Gas prices top $3 in Pa. and hit highest point in two years. How much higher will they go?

It’s getting more expensive at the pump and gas prices are expected to keep rising, analysts say.

The average price of gas has topped $3 across Pennsylvania, including the Harrisburg area. Prices in central Pennsylvania and across the nation have reached the highest point in two years, according to

As of Friday, the average price has risen to $3.05 per gallon in the Harrisburg area, GasBuddy reports. It was $2.91 a month ago. A year ago, the average price was $1.97, but fewer people were driving early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Statewide, GasBuddy and AAA put the average price at $3.07. The national average price on Friday reached $2.95 per gallon.

Gas prices are expected to climb, especially as Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season approach. As COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are eased, analysts expect more people to make road trips.

“I think there’s a possibility prices will continue to creep up,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

“As we get closer to summer, I think Americans will be hitting the road more often,” he told PennLive. “I think that will weigh in on prices.”

Pennsylvania could see gas prices rise 25 to 40 cents per gallon before the end of the summer, De Haan projected.

“I’d say Pennsylvania would be in the low-to-mid $3 range for most of the summer,” he said. He said prices could get a bit higher, albeit briefly, if there are any refinery issues.

Typically, prices rise and peak in late spring as stations transition to summer gasoline blends. This year, prices could peak during the summer as more people get ready to travel after more than a year of pandemic restrictions, De Haan said.

“I think the possibility is we’ll see the highest prices in summer, not spring as we are accustomed to,” he said.

AAA is also projecting higher gas prices.

“While April saw minimal fluctuation, May is likely to see much larger increases alongside demand spikes, especially closer to Memorial Day weekend,” Jeanette McGee, AAA spokesperson, said in a news release this week.

The biggest wild card this summer is just how much people travel.

Last summer, those who did travel stayed fairly close to home. This year, people may make longer trips, De Haan said. With international travel still difficult, people who want to take trips will be staying in the U.S., perhaps traveling across the country to national parks or other tourist destinations.

A shortage of fuel truck delivery drivers could lead to some delays in getting gas to stations but AAA doesn’t expect widespread problems. The travel company said there’s an ample supply of gas. But AAA projects a small number of markets may see isolated problems where some stations are out of gas or low on supply for a day or two.

A travel tip: If you only have a quarter of a tank left, it’s a good idea to fill up, AAA suggests.

If there are areas where stations are out of gas or low, De Haan suggested it may be in tourist destinations, particularly those in rural areas (think Yellowstone, for example).

“I would not travel to a national park and expect to fill up there,” De Haan said.

But he said drivers generally shouldn’t worry about being able to find gas and stressed any shortages will be temporary.

“It’s something most people should keep in mind but there shouldn’t be a race to the pump,” De Haan said.

Pennsylvania’s gas tax – about 53 cents per gallon – is the nation’s second highest. Gov. Tom Wolf has recently formed a panel to look at alternatives to the gas tax to finance road and bridge work.

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Why Corp Travel Management, Imugene, MoneyMe, & Syrah are pushing higher

In afternoon trade, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is on course to record a disappointing decline. At the time of writing, the benchmark index is down 1.3% to 6,924.2 points.

Four ASX shares that have not let that hold them back are listed below. Here’s why they are pushing higher:

Corporate Travel Management Ltd (ASX: CTD)

The Corporate Travel Management share price is up 2.5% to $19.51. Investors have been buying the corporate travel specialist’s shares after it revealed that it expects to be profitable in the fourth quarter of FY 2021. This follows a breakeven month in March after the company experienced an uptick in demand for corporate travel services.

The Imugene share price is up almost 4% to 19 cents. The catalyst for this is news that Imugene has met its second clinical endpoint for the HER-Vaxx’s clinical studies. HER-Vaxx is an immunotherapy that is aiming to treat tumours that over-express the HER-2/neu receptor. This includes gastric, breast, ovarian, lung and pancreatic cancers.

The MoneyMe share price is up 3.5% to $1.49. Investors have been buying the the digital credit company’s shares after it announced a new product launch. According to the release, MoneyMe has unveiled Autopay, a secured vehicle finance solution for dealers and major growth innovation. Management believes that the product will transform the $12 billion automotive finance industry.

The Syrah share price is up 4% to $1.10. This follows the release of the graphite producer’s third quarter update this morning. Syrah noted that there is strong demand growth for natural graphite end uses. This is being driven by electric vehicle (EV) adoption. It points out that EV sales are up 140% in during the first quarter compared to a year ago.

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Air travel is finally higher than a year ago — but it’s still far below normal

The US airline industry hit a dubious milestone this week: For the first time since the pandemic began, air travel is up from a year ago.

That’s a positive sign for battered airlines and a potentially worrying sign to health experts. But it’s also an incredibly low hurdle to clear.

About 1.1 million people passed through US airport screening on Wednesday, according to the Transportation Security Administration, up from the 954,000 who were screened same day last year.

That increase is still a heavily depressed level, as it’s only 52% of the traffic the same day in pre-pandemic 2019.

“We’ll have to see what the uptick really is,” said Nick Calio, CEO of Airlines for America, the US industry’s trade group, in an interview with CNN. “Right now it’s looking like it’s going to be better. But you have to keep it in context.”

For airlines just to break even, Calio said, they need at least 70% of normal traffic.

The comparative surge in US air travel this week aligns with both spring break and rising vaccination rates. But the Centers for Disease Control has expressed concerns about the impact on Covid-19 infection rates.

Health officials say they are looking at travel now for clues on how best to relax restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated, though they need more data: “We are revisiting the travel question,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday.

But as data remain scarce, the bruised airline industry is looking for signs of pent-up demand for air travel. Wednesday’s traffic also marked the seventh straight day of more than 1 million people passing through US airports, a first in the pandemic era, which had previously marked only five 1-million-plus days in a row at the end of the December holiday period.

In another hopeful sign, airlines are reporting better bookings ahead for this summer, with American Airlines CEO Doug Parker saying Monday that the company is “getting very close to 2019 in total bookings.”

Still, planes being fuller doesn’t necessarily mean that the airlines’ financial troubles are over. Airline executives agree it’s leisure travel that has returned, not more lucrative business travel — so revenue is still likely to be down even if the headcount improves.

International traffic is also still well off of year-ago levels due to many countries’ restrictions on cross-border travel with many countries.

All of the airlines are expected to report losses once again in the first quarter, after a combined $32 billion in losses in 2020, excluding special items. But investors are getting more optimistic: Shares of Southwest, Alaska Air, JetBlue and Hawaiian Airlines are already above pre-pandemic levels, while American, Delta and Spirit are close to that benchmark. Only shares of United are down significantly from where they were in late January 2020.

— CNN’s Pete Muntean and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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COVID vaccines boost interest in travel. Look out for higher airfares and hotel prices

For Americans who are filled with wanderlust and dismissive of health officials’ pleas to avoid travel, bargain rates and deep discounts for airline tickets and hotel rooms are plentiful.

Henry Yu, a baseball fan from Long Beach, said he found prices for airline tickets and hotel rooms to fly to Phoenix to watch his beloved San Francisco Giants at spring training this month were 15% to 20% cheaper than in previous years.

“My sense is that the typical spring training price hikes are not happening this year due to COVID-19,” he said, adding that he believes his risk of getting infected are low because he takes precautions such as wearing a mask.

But the drop in demand for travel that has pushed prices down may be coming to an end with the rollout of several COVID-19 vaccines that are giving Americans more confidence to mingle. That is likely to increase travel demand and push up prices, especially for summer, according to industry experts.

Demand is “going to change very rapidly as we get more and more news on vaccines,” Roger Dow, president of the U.S. Travel Assn., told reporters Thursday.

The risks are still not fully known. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has warned that those who have been vaccinated should not assume travel is safe: The vaccines protect against serious symptoms of COVID-19, but it’s not yet clear whether vaccinated people can still contract and spread the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Protection continue to advise against travel.

And price increases aren’t guaranteed. If there’s another spike in COVID-19 cases, that could derail a surge in travel demand, especially if local officials issue more stay-at-home orders.

Barring such a spike, the price increases for hotels and car rentals are expected to be most prominent for popular leisure destinations — such as Orlando, Fla., and Santa Barbara — not so much for business centers and convention towns where business travel is still in a slump, experts say. The competition among airlines, however, could keep airline ticket prices from spiking on some popular routes.

The prices of international travel are harder to predict because the restrictions some countries impose on international visitors vary widely and continue to change frequently, industry officials say.

A survey by Deloitte of 1,000 consumers in the U.S. indicates that the vaccine rollout has given Americans new confidence in traveling. The survey found that in February, 31% of U.S. adults felt safe flying and 41% felt safe staying in a hotel. Of those fully vaccinated, a higher rate, 54%, felt safe flying and 70% felt safe staying in a hotel, the survey said.

A Thursday report by BofA Gobal Research also pointed to a recent boost in leisure travel.

“Kayak and Google flight searches to leisure markets have increased materially since early February, with searches to Miami, Orlando and Hawaii reaching their highest level post-COVID,” the report said. “This leads to bookings and we note that domestic scheduled flights to these cities for April 2021 are almost back to 2019 level.”

Bookings for cruises due to sail this year, in 2022 and in 2023 are selling out quickly at similar if not higher prices than before the pandemic, according to Heidi Allison, a spokeswoman for CruiseCompete, an online marketplace.

She noted that several cruise lines have discussed requiring vaccinations of all guests in the next few months and the Royal Caribbean Group — which owns Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises, among others — has suggested it may soon require crew members to be vaccinated before cruise ships get out to sea again. Most cruise lines have voluntarily suspended cruises from the U.S. until at least summer, but a few ships have begun sailing from Europe.

The American Hotel and Lodging Assn. predicted leisure travel will rebound in the second half of 2021 as vaccine distributions continue. A survey by the trade group found that 34% of Americans feel safe staying at a hotel, with nearly half saying their comfort was tied to the availability of vaccines.

Hotel bookings through the hospitality website are already up at least 25% for January, February and March compared to the same period in 2020, when the pandemic began to take hold, said Bruce Rosenberg, president for the Americas for Hotel Planner, which specializes in group bookings.

“There is definitely pent-up demand,” he said.

As demand for travel climbs, prices are expected to follow suit, especially for the summer.

“People haven’t traveled for a year,” said Alan X. Reay, president of Atlas Hospitality Group. “That’s a year’s worth of travel budget.”

A preview of the upcoming price hikes was evident in California’s coastal cities during the Valentine’s and Presidents Day holidays, when hotel rates eclipsed pre-pandemic levels, climbing as much as 25% higher than prices during the same times last year, Reay said.

As for airline tickets, the prices for spring and summer air travel should remain stable especially on those routes where competition from budget airlines like Spirit and Frontier Airlines will force the larger carriers like American and United Airlines to keep fares low, experts say.

“Airlines are going to be very careful with pricing,” said Henry Harteveldt, cofounder of Atmosphere Research Group. “I think there is a fine balance they have to strike.”

Still, experts offer one critical caveat: The recovery from the pandemic has so far been unpredictable and any recent progress could disappear with a surge in COVID-19 cases. That could push travelers to cancel vacation plans, sinking demand and leaving hotel operators and airlines with vacant rooms and empty planes.

“All it takes is one surge or outbreak to send everything into the toilet,” Harteveldt said.

For now, travelers are taking advantage of the lower rates before demand begins to surge.

Shawn Frederick, a photographer from Calabasas, said prices for lodging, plane tickets and a rental car for his photography outing to Bend, Ore., planned for this spring are about 10% to 15% lower than in previous years. He attributes the lower prices to Americans either not yet willing or not able to travel.

But once he and most other Americans get a vaccine, Frederick expects that to change. “I hope that travel opens up for us all,” he said.

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With COVID-19 vaccine rollout expected to increase confidence in travel, experts predict higher airfares, hotel prices

For Americans who are filled with wanderlust and dismissive of health officials’ pleas to avoid travel, bargain rates and deep discounts for airline tickets and hotel rooms are plentiful.

Henry Yu, a baseball fan from Long Beach, said he found prices for airline tickets and hotel rooms to fly to Phoenix to watch his beloved San Francisco Giants at spring training this month were 15% to 20% cheaper than in previous years.

“My sense is that the typical spring training price hikes are not happening this year due to COVID-19,” he said, adding that he believes his risk of getting infected are low because he takes precautions such as wearing a mask.

But the drop in demand for travel that has pushed prices down may be coming to an end with the rollout of several COVID-19 vaccines that are giving Americans more confidence to mingle. That is likely to increase travel demand and push up prices, especially for summer, according to industry experts.

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