Americans Expect to Spend an Average of $941 on Summer Getaways; Of Those Taking Summer Vacations, 72% Plan to Travel Domestically vs. 15% Internationally.According to the most recent American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, 80% of Americans, or 195.9 million people, plan to travel in the coming months and expect to spend an average of $941, per person, on their trips.

Millennials, in particular, plan to travel more this summer than the average American (89% vs. 80% general population), despite busy lifestyles and plans to save money in 2016. The small percentage of Millennials staying local (11%) attribute their lack of summer travel plans to experiencing major milestones in their lives, such as a new baby or a new job (18% vs 10% general population).

“More than any other season, Americans see summer as a chance to take a break from their everyday,” said Claire Bennett, Executive Vice President, American Express Travel. “Beach trips remain the go-to summer vacation, but we’re also seeing outdoor activities, such as visiting National Parks and historic landmarks, making a notable appearance on the list of popular summer travel plans.”

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American Express Travel has added 281 new global hotel properties to its FINE HOTELS & RESORTS and The Hotel Collection programs this year.

The new FINE HOTELS & RESORTS properties include:

  • The Miami Beach Edition, a design-focused lifestyle resort located on a private enclave in the heart of Miami Beach
  • Boutique hotel Zero George Street, established in five restored early nineteenth century residential buildings and offering 18 guestrooms and suites in the heart of Charleston’s historic district
  • Eden Rock – St Barths, one of the most desirable Caribbean escapes: an intimate hotel perched on a rocky expanse above a white-sand beach that offers two restaurants from acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Additionally, FINE HOTELS & RESORTS introduced new collections, designed to match travelers with their ideal accommodations, highlighting establishments that fall within three distinct areas:

  • Boutique: intimate hotels and resorts, usually independently-owned and with less than 75 rooms;
  • Design: properties that emphasize art and a singular – usually contemporary, design aesthetic;
  • Card Member Favorites: properties that Card Members know, love and would recommend highly to other Card Members