Skift Research presents the third edition of our U.S. Affluent Traveler Survey. We began fielding this survey in 2017 (when it was called the U.S. High-Income Traveler Survey
) in an effort to understand this lucrative, yet complex, group. We’ve decided to run this survey every year in an effort to capture how this group is changing over time or remaining the same to help the travel industry stay on top of the current trends.
In this year’s report, we begin by highlighting some key findings from the 2019 survey as this year’s major trends. We then look at trends over time by comparing our latest data to that of 2018 and 2017, where relevant (the 2017 version was a briefer survey, so data is slightly limited). We then devote the remainder of the report to analyzing the data by certain characteristics of the respondents to provide a nuanced view of the variations within this complex group. We begin this analysis by dividing respondents into three income groups to understand how the Super Affluent stand out in their travel behavior and preferences. We then look at the differences between Affluent Travelers with and without children in the household. Finally, we examine variations between Affluent Travelers of different age groups. Through these analyses, we provide an in-depth look at the particularities of this desirable traveler market.
Skift Research’s U.S. Affluent Traveler Survey 2019 collected responses from 1,300 respondents who live in the U.S. To qualify, respondents had to indicate that they have combined household incomes of at least $100,000 and that they had taken at least one leisure trip in the last 12 months. For this project, a leisure trip is defined as at least two-nights’ stay, 200 miles or more away from home. Respondents also met quotas for gender, age, and income based on the sample of U.S. travelers represented in the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 Consumer Expenditure Survey. The survey was fielded by a trusted third-party consumer panel provider.
In the report, we compare 2019 results to 2018 results. You can see the methodology for that survey here
. Results from 2017 are also included for comparison where relevant. Learn more about that survey here