Millennials rely heavily on credit for their vacations

New survey from Experian reveals travel spending behavior and projections for summer 2015

Costa Mesa, Calif., June 17, 2015 — The majority of vacationers spend more money than expected when traveling (68 percent), often relying on credit cards to make up the difference, according to a new survey commissioned by Experian. Millennials rank even higher when it comes to risky vacation spending — one-third report they have not been saving up in advance of vacation, 72 percent say they spend more than expected when traveling, and 52 percent are strapped with credit card debt once the holiday ends.

“People want to come home from vacation with happy memories, not with unanticipated and unmanageable credit card bills,” said Guy Abramo, president, Experian Consumer Services. “Racking up excessive credit card debt without a plan to pay it off can put people, especially millennials, in a bind that could affect their financial health and credit status for years to come.”

Survey results show travelers use credit cards over debit cards:
•Lodging: 68 percent use credit compared to debit cards and cash, 19 percent and 11 percent respectively
•Airfare: 67 percent use credit compared to debit cards and cash, 19 percent and 11 percent respectively
•Entertainment: 47 percent use credit compared to debit cards and cash, 21 percent and 30 percent respectively
•Dining: 40 percent use credit compared to debit cards and cash, 23 percent and 36 percent respectively

Budgets and vacations are sometimes conflicting, especially among millennials:
•Forty-nine percent have accumulated credit card debt while traveling (52 percent of millennials)
•Forty-six percent have paid for a vacation by credit card when they didn’t have enough saved (50 percent of millennials)
•Thirty-seven percent have cancelled vacation plans due to budget issues (44 percent of millennials)
•Thirty-three percent of travelers plan to use their tax refund to pay for 2015 summer travel (50 percent of millennials)
•Seventy-five percent say staycations are a good way to minimize spending during time off

Ann Noder
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About the survey
The online survey was commissioned by Experian Consumer Services, produced by research firm Edelman Berland and conducted as an online survey of 1,000 adults ages 18 and older residing in the United States from May 5, 2015, through May 11, 2015. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percent. To learn more about the survey, please visit

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