International airfare is up 10% from last year, while domestic airfare is down more than 10%, according to the travel site Hopper.
AAA expects Americans will break the travel records they set the year before the pandemic started.
Pilots, in particular, are in high demand. Airlines don't want to be caught off guard like they were last year.
"You'll have so much more fun going somewhere else that is more catered to you," says Rebecca Jennings of Vox.
Starting any business is a big deal. Starting a business during a pandemic is bold, especially if that business is an airline.
Shortages of bikes, kayaks, and workers: How tourists attractions in the Black Hills are bracing for crowds
Like other areas of the country that depend on tourism, the South Dakota region is expecting bigger-than-usual crowds.
It looks like consumers will continue to splurge over the summer. And after that?
A surge in demand, plus fewer rental cars, plus a chip shortage (and therefore fewer new cars) equals higher prices for travelers.