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Ebates Holiday Survey: Americans to Brave the Crowds and Travel This Holiday Season

A new survey from Ebates, a subsidiary of the global internet services company Rakuten, revealed that, for almost three-quarters of Americans, price is the main consideration when booking a holiday trip.

According to a media release, the national survey, conducted online by Propeller Insights on behalf of Ebates in October 2017, was fielded among 1,034 adults and 507 teens.

One in ten Americans (11 percent) revealed that traveling is the thing they most dread about the holidays. When asked about their least favorite part of holiday travel, Americans ranked crowds as the top pain point (50 percent). This is followed by:

-The expense43 percent

-The delays37 percent

-Feeling rushed36 percent

-Not being able to relax and enjoy the holiday28 percent

-Packing/unpacking26 percent

Ten percent of Americans have zero pain points when it comes to holiday travel.

Price and location are everything

Americans agree that there are factors that motivate them when booking holiday travel (90 percent). Almost three-quarters reveal that price is the main thing they look for (73 percent), while more than half say that location is their top travel criteria (52 percent). This is followed by timing (35 percent) and distance of travel location (30 percent).

Techniques for saving money

Almost three-quarters of Americans reveal that there are techniques they use to save money when booking holiday travel (73 percent), with booking a trip in advance the top choice (49 percent). Other popular techniques include:

-Booking directly through the site20 percent

-Using airline loyalty points19 percent

-Doubling up on points and cash back16 percent

-Using a cashback website14 percent

Welcome Ebates Hotels

Just in time for holiday travel, Ebates noted, it is announcing a new feature, Ebates Hotels, which offers 7 percent cash back on all hotel bookings worldwide listed on the site. The service works similarly to other major travel booking platforms but utilizes Ebates' cash-back model to send money to travelers every quarter. At 7 percent cash back, members can receive an average of $25 cash back for a two-night stay or an average of $135 in cash back on a seven-night stay.

"Our research confirms what we've suspectedprice is the motivating factor for consumers when booking travel," said Amit Patel, CEO of Ebates. "With the launch of Ebates Hotels, we hope to give consumers a new outlet to book their travel and get paid to do it. We want to take the stress out of booking travel and make it a fun and easy way to get the best prices possible on your next getaway."

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