Americans Willing to Travel Farther, Spend More on Mother’s Day vs. Father’s Day

FORT WORTH and IRVING, Texas, April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — A new survey conducted by American Airlines and Omni Hotels found that nearly half of respondents — 48 percent — are willing to splurge on a gift for Mom versus 38 percent on a gift for Dad. But dear old Dad can take some comfort: 44 percent of respondents plan to treat both parents equally — with a greeting card and a telephone call.

The survey, which questioned more than 1,035 men and women between the ages of 18-50, also revealed that most people are willing to travel farther on Mother’s Day. Overall, more than one of out five respondents will travel at least 100 miles to spend time on both holidays. The distance they plan to travel this year:

Miles Traveled Mother’s Day Father’s Day
0 – 20 miles 54 percent 46 percent
20-50 miles 11 percent 9 percent
50-100 miles 7 percent 6 percent
100 or more miles 27 percent 21 percent

Not only are people willing to go the extra mile for Mom, but in many cases, they plan to treat her to something beyond a card and a phone call. In fact, respondents were asked if they were headed to a spa this Mother’s Day, what type of spa they would prefer. More than half — 56 percent — liked the idea of a pampering spa, while 30 percent want a spa focused on wellness and healthy living. Sixteen percent of respondents want a spa with plenty of activities like golf and tennis.

American Airlines is making it a little easier to spend time with Mom on her special day. A Mother’s Day fare sale, available now through May 6 for booking on AA’s Web site (AA.com), gives travelers the opportunity to fly home rather than drive. The sale offers great rates for travel to destinations in the United States, Canada and to selected destinations in the Caribbean.

“The great low Mother’s Day fares offer a nice alternative to driving,” said Roger Frizzell, American’s Vice President-Corporate Communications and Advertising. “With 27 percent of people planning to travel more than 100 miles to see Mom, according to the survey, we’re offering them a little extra incentive to get there quickly on one of our 3,800 daily flights.”

Frizzell noted that, just Wednesday, American made it easy and affordable to go see Mom on Mother’s Day. The airline announced special fares that allow travelers to book flights for as little as $74* Round Trip in the continental U.S. and Canada, as well as to select Caribbean destinations. Details of the special fares are available on AA.com.

With 40 hotels and resorts in North America, Omni Hotels are a great place to take Mom on her big day. For example, the Omni Mandalay at Las Colinas (Irving, Texas) is offering a special Mother’s Day brunch at its signature restaurant, Trevi’s. Moms treated to brunch there will receive a coupon for 20 percent off a Rendezvous for Two getaway at the hotel. The special weekend package includes a guest room, one bottle of champagne delivered to the room, a pre-arrival concierge call to assist with any special arrangements, and late check-out until 5 p.m. The package is subject to some conditions and availability.

“At Omni Hotels, we love to pamper Moms any time of year with our impeccable customer service, overall quality experience, and supreme comfort. More and more people are treating their Moms to our Spa Relaxation Package offered at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa, along with a plethora of other spa options available at the Omni Interlocken Resort and the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. For those who want to whisk Mom away to the pristine beaches of the Caribbean, we offer spa packages at the Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas,” said Christine Connelly, Omni’s director of corporate communications.

Travelers can check American Airlines schedules and fares and book flights by visiting AA.com. Book travel and purchase your ticket on AA.com and earn up to 1,000 AAdvantage(R) bonus miles. There are no online booking fees. In addition, with American’s new lower fare structure and AA.com’s Lowest Fare Guarantee, customers will find the absolute lowest fares available for American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection(R) flights – guaranteed. For lowest-fare guarantee terms and conditions, visit http://www.aa.com/guarantee .

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world’s largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) regional airlines serve more than 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 3,800 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American’s award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve more than 600 destinations in over 135 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation (NYSE:AMR) .

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About Omni Hotels

Omni Hotels, based near Dallas in Irving, Texas, offers luxury accommodations at 40 hotels and resorts located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Each property in the Omni Hotels portfolio provides guests with exceptional personalized service and exquisite decor, creating a distinctive experience at each location. Omni Hotels offers unsurpassed facilities with a wide range of guest services and amenities including high- speed Internet connectivity, wine tastings, gourmet dining and unique fitness options from in-room workouts to state-of-the-art fitness facilities. Through an aggressive expansion strategy, Omni Hotels is steadily entering new markets across North America. Guests can locate hotels, book accommodations or find out more about Omni Hotels online at http://www.omnihotels.com/ or by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI.

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