November 24, 2021
Holiday travel is on the rise post-pandemic, and Selfbook is here to help hotels capitalize on the booking boom. 2020's Thanksgiving season was hit hard, with families spending the holiday across the country from one another (if not stranded on separate continents).
As a result, last year's Thanksgiving air travel halved on what is typically the biggest American travel day of the year. This year, that number is only 9% below 2019 numbers, indicating a significant increase in traveler comfort levels. To boot, car travel is now only 3% below its 2019 level, and overall travel is just 5% away from where it stood prior to the pandemic.
The travel surge is promising, and on November 19th, 2021 - nearly a week ahead of the holiday itself - the US saw the most air travelers it had seen since the beginning of 2020, with 2.24 million passengers in just one day.
With increases in travel come more hotel bookings - and that’s where Selfbook swoops in. While Thanksgiving travel is already well underway, hotels can set themselves up for success during the onslaught of December holiday travel by ensuring their direct booking and payment capabilities are up to snuff.
With just one line of code and two to four days of setup time, hotels can integrate Selfbook software into their own Central Reservations System in time for the second burst of 2021 winter holidays. Our forward-thinking payment solution and all-in-one booking flow unlock endless possibilities for hotels and guests alike, from increased average order value to instantaneous direct bookings.
Standing out against the competition and online travel agencies has never been easier than with Selfbook's trilogy of ecommerce-friendly features: Apple Pay, Instagram shopping, and one-click checkouts. Selbook empowers hotels with these assets so they become guests' first-choice booking and payment destination.
Get ahead of the game and schedule a demo with our Customer Success Team to find out how you can promote holiday deals on social media with our Direct Links and enable quick and easy digital wallet use during the holiday season, when people need convenience most.
By Haley Crawford