August 02, 2023

Choice Hotels International Releases First "Choice Privileges State of the American Traveler Survey" in Partnership with Harris Poll, Uncovering How People Want to Travel This Summer and Beyond

Survey finds consumers are prioritizing experiences and exploring the U.S. and want to spend less than $200/night on lodging

Choice Hotels International, Inc. released its first Choice Privileges State of the American Traveler Survey, a poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults that sheds new light on Americans' travel plans and priorities this summer and beyond. This survey, conducted in partnership with Harris Poll, comes as nine new brands with nearly 600 hotels, including Radisson Blu, Radisson and Country Inn & Suites, are now available to be booked on Earlier this week Choice announced the successful integration of the Radisson Rewards Americas loyalty program into the award-winning Choice Privileges program. This enables the nearly 60 million Choice Privileges members to earn and redeem points at over 7,400 hotels across 22 brands in 45 countries and territories.

Key findings include:

Most Americans want to spend less than $200/night on lodging:

  • The majority (78%) typically look to spend less than $200/night on lodging
  • Most (73%) prefer to splurge on experiences and limit costs on lodging 
  • With sports, music and theater getting back in full swing post-pandemic, 26% of Americans say they plan their trips around these specific experiences

Some prefer to splurge on upscale offerings:

  • More than 1 in 4 (27%) splurge on lodging and limit costs of experiences, with 21% willing to spend $200 or more/night on lodging

Loyalty programs are key tools for people to save money while traveling:

  • 41% of Americans said they plan to use hotel/loyalty program points to save money this summer, and 30% book using a loyalty member rate
  • When taking a road trip, nearly a third of Americans (29%) said they would pay for their road trip using loyalty points

While international travel has been booming this summer, many Americans are still choosing to road trip around the U.S.:

  • More than a third of respondents (38%) report they travel to feel more connected to and explore the country
  • 65% said 3 or more destinations make for an ideal road trip 
  • Most Americans (67%) want to see tourist attractions when traveling
  • Many (57%) want to stay in a city or near a popular U.S. landmark when traveling 
  • More than half (57%) of Americans listen to a personalized playlist while on the road, and 51% listen to the local radio

From spouses to pets to strangers, the ideal road trip co-pilot is clear:

  • Many Americans (64%) said they are road tripping this year because they want to make memories with family and friends
  • More than half (60%) of Americans want to road trip with their spouse/partner/significant other
  • 1 in 6 Americans (16%) would choose their pet over anyone else to travel with
  • Nearly 1 in 10 (9%) prefer to be alone on their travels
  • 4% would choose their co-worker to travel with
  • 2% would choose a stranger

Americans continue to prioritize self-care while traveling:

  • 45% want to stay at a property with a pool
  • 35% say they want to enjoy a hotel spa
  • More than 1 in 5 Americans (23%) say visiting the hotel gym is a must while on vacation
  • 38% say being able to hike close to where they are staying is a priority

Americans continue to blend work and play while traveling:

  • Most survey respondents (76%) said when traveling for work they are likely to extend their trip to include leisure time
  • Most of them (86%) will also stay at the same hotel
  • More than half (58%) of survey respondents reported they've had to share a hotel room with a colleague on a work trip

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