September 2020 Travel Index Report: Analysis


We here are Cornerstone Information Systems have been working on a method to aggregate, anonymize, and distribute information about the health of the Travel Industry – gathered from all of the data that flows through our network every month. We feel that, especially in light of the recent crises, it is paramount that companies with data share our knowledge and the foresight it brings so that we might not experience a repeat of the crash that accompanied the emergence of COVID.


To facilitate that goal of data sharing, and yet also keep the data of our clients private, we have been working on the creation of a Cornerstone Index.


Work on this project is still in progress, but we wanted to share with you our biggest numbers coming out of the Index regarding September 2020:

September 2020 Travel Index Report: Analysis   Avg Trip Spend (2 days)   $922.71 September 2020 Travel Index Report: Analysis(+2.5%)
September 2020 Travel Index Report: Analysis   Avg Air Spend   $392.52 September 2020 Travel Index Report: Analysis (+5%)
September 2020 Travel Index Report: Analysis   Avg Hotel Spend   $398.68 September 2020 Travel Index Report: Analysis(-2%)
September 2020 Travel Index Report: Analysis   Avg Car Rental Spend   $170.07 September 2020 Travel Index Report: Analysis(- .5 %)

There was also a 10.5% increase in trips taken from August 2020 to September 2020.


** All currency is displayed in USD – the aggregates of our data have been converted into USD before being taken into account and calculating the Index numbers **

  • Fantastic overall news for September in that the volume of trips processed jumped by more than 10%. This is the biggest increase we’ve seen since June. In fact, September’s total trips were actually 5.7% higher than June’s total trips, setting a new record for the post-COVID recovery. Be careful however as we go into flu season, as we may see this number plateau or even fall a bit. But the bottom line for September is still good news overall.

  • Average air spend went up slightly, possibly accommodating the fact that more trips were processed. A 5% increase in airfare is enough to speculate on slightly longer business trips being taken here and there. It may also be attributed to the beginning of a comeback for airfare itself.

  • The increase in average trip spend is tied directly to the increase in air spend. We will be keeping a close eye on how the holiday season may affect both hotel and air tickets in the coming months.

Information on the Cornerstone Index:

Much like how the S&P 500 Index tells the health of the US Stock Market, the Cornerstone Index is meant to reflect the health of the travel industry according to the data that we have available to us.

Please note that we are performing adjustments and cleansing to ensure an accurate index. This means that during our development of the index, some values may fluctuate month to month in their calculations. However, we do not believe this offsets major trends.

We also plan on publishing a table of all of our 2020 numbers as soon as we are happy with our index formula and have been able to present what we feel is the most accurate data for a number of months in a row.

In the future, this will become an interactive app closely resembling our TravelOptix platform. At that time, we will be including functionality for different currencies. We are welcoming any feedback regarding this idea, and look forward to providing this information going forward.

September 2020 Travel Index Report: Analysis