The Difference Between Men and Women

The Difference Between Men and Women

Technology provider Amadeus recently conducted an online survey of 500 male and 500 female adult travelers who have flown at least once in the past year. The survey results indicated that women are more easily stressed by air travel and were more annoyed by flight delays (58 percent of women vs. 52 percent of men), lost luggage (42 percent vs. 32 percent), overbooked flights (35 percent vs. 30 percent) and food choices (32 percent vs. 26 percent). Although more men than women had experienced missing a connecting flight (55 percent of men vs. 45 percent of women), women were more stressed about running to catch a connecting flight (63 percent vs. 47 percent). According to the survey, more men than women are members of frequent flyer programs (82 percent vs. 79 percent) but men are three times as likely to have elite status in a program (7 percent of women compared to 25 percent of men). Debbie Iannaci, spokesperson for the North American operations of Amadeus, concluded “since they [men] are benefiting from the perks of these programs, that probably affects their perception of their overall air travel experience as well.” The men averaged 5.8 flights compared to 4.2 for women and nearly twice as many men flew six or more times per year (41 percent vs. 22 percent). Men and women also differ in how they choose to reduce air travel annoyances. Men prefer to travel light (44 percent vs. 38 percent) and in first or business class (46 percent vs. 36 percent) while women look to assistance from member service (36 percent vs. 32 percent) and visiting airport shops and restaurants (36 percent vs. 30 percent).

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