Thrifty Car Rental has teamed up with Travelocity to take two family reunions on the road. Starting Monday May 17, customers can submit a short essay on why they want to take their family on a road trip of a lifetime to win an all-expense-paid trip for the entire family (worth up to $25,000) this summer.
As more of the country opens up and travel demand increases, Travelocity followed up on its 2021 Pandemic Travel Survey to understand American's feelings toward travel entering the summer months ahead.
When asked what they miss most about pre-pandemic travel, 63% of respondents (who haven’t traveled since the start of the pandemic) said they miss socializing with family most. Additionally, 43% of total respondents are looking forward to planning a trip to visit family outside of their households, according to Travelocity’s survey.
"It's very clear that Americans are aching to meet with their loved ones again, so we're very focused on making sure this happens safely and smoothly for our customers," said Katie Junod, general manager at Travelocity. "If we've learned anything from this past year, it's that families are incredibly tough and resilient. We're excited to partner with Thrifty to provide families some much-deserved relief."
The survey also found that 69% of respondents plan to travel within the next nine months, and the summer-favorite activity of road tripping continues to trend. In fact, 60% of travelers plan to drive to their destinations by car.
"People are making the most out of this summer and we continue to see increasing demand for car rentals,” said Eoghan Slye, Hertz’s senior vice president of brand marketing. “It's only natural for us to work with Travelocity to create a unique, once-in-a-lifetime road trip experience for the entire family and ultimately reward our customers."
The contest ends on Monday May 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Two winners will be selected by Travelocity and Thrifty Car Rental; they will be notified via email in early June. Each winner will be able to invite up to nine family members to join them on a road trip to pre-determined itineraries around Central and Southeastern Texas or the American Southwest.