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Americans Predict Travel in 2030

Features & Advice | Ryan Rudnansky | September 22, 2015

Americans Predict Travel in 2030

Infographic courtesy of Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase

A new survey recently commissioned by Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase asked Americans what the top travel trends will be by 2030.

The survey, which sampled more than 1,000 Americans aged 18 to 67 in April, came out with some interesting results, complete with an infographic (see below).

Predictably, many trends in the future revolve around technology. About 37 percent of travelers foresee hologram personal trainers. On top of that, 58 percent of travelers believe passports could become available for digital devices, and 50 percent believe human face recognition technology could replace passports altogether.

Americans also believe there will be 24/7 virtual hotel concierges (61 percent surveyed) and personalized mobile travel guides (47 percent), while 58 percent of travelers predict smart watches and other digital mobile payment options will rise in popularity across the globe.

Travelers are more skeptical about transatlantic trains (26 percent) and flying cars (24 percent), on the other hand.

Americans are also looking forward to some new travel experiences. Two in five Americans believe underwater hotels will be popping up in the next 15 years, while 35 percent of Americans believe space travel will be a possibility. More than half of those surveyed (51 percent) believe other extreme hotel experiences such as staying in a private hut over the ocean or taking a zip line to your treehouse will be possible.

And it does appear travelers are becoming more eco-conscious these days. About 71 percent of those surveyed believe Americans will opt for eco-travel destinations for vacations by 2030.

“From advancements in technology to new destination and experience opportunities, the way we travel is ever evolving,” said Vibhat Nair, general manager of Chase Card Services, via a release. “As travel becomes more advanced, we are making it easier for travelers to earn credit card reward points for the trips they are taking today, and to put toward their future travel.”

Chase’s Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card allows travelers to earn Marriott Rewards points on all purchases, rack up free night stays and improve their loyalty program status.


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