Greyhound, the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in North America, is preparing to kick off the busy holiday travel season as more than one million customers are expected to travel to over 3,800 destinations across North America between Christmas and the New Year.
According to a recent survey, 40 percent of Americans – or 99.8 million people – plan to travel over the course of the 2017 holiday season. Of those planning to travel to see family, most (73%) will spend less than $1,000. However, those travelling for vacation will spend significantly more, with over half spending more than $1,000 and 18% spending between $2,500 - $5,000. Greyhound provides an affordable travel alternative for those looking to see family or fit in a last-minute vacation over the holidays.
“We know the holidays can be a busy, stressful and expensive time of year for our customers,” said Bill Blankenship, chief operating officer, Greyhound Lines, Inc. “Greyhound is happy to provide travelers relief with an affordable, hassle-free and enjoyable travel experience as they end the year with loved ones and adventures.”
To make traveling even easier on Greyhound, the company offers simple, convenient and hassle-free travel tools, including the ability to book a trip quickly with one-click purchasing, as well as a mobile site and the Greyhound app that allow customers to receive personalized updates and manage their travel from the palm of their hands. In addition, BusTracker, enables customers to track the location of their bus in real-time, so they can keep family and friends updated throughout their journey.
In addition, the company recently launched its E-Ticketing feature nationwide, making the boarding process more efficient as customers can just “Show and Go” and board the bus with a quick flash of their mobile ticket on their phones. Riders will continue to enjoy all the modern on-board amenities they’re familiar with including free Wi-Fi, power outlets, leather seats and extra legroom to stay comfortable and relaxed on the way to their holiday destination.
Given the high volume of customers expected to travel this season, Greyhound encourages customers to book their trips early and arrive at least one hour before their scheduled departure time. Tickets are valid only on the date and schedule for which they were purchased. If customers wish to change travel arrangements, tickets can be re-issued for a fee if seats are available.
Greyhound offers self-service ticketing kiosks at major terminals, free Wi-Fi at its stations and a book on-line, pay with cash service. Tickets can be purchased on www.greyhound.com, Greyhound’s mobile app, by calling 1-800-231-2222 or at company terminals and agencies.
Greyhound, a FirstGroup plc company, is the only national provider of scheduled intercity coach services in the U.S. and Canada. Based in Dallas, Greyhound provides scheduled passenger services to 3,800 destinations carrying approximately 18 million passengers a year. The company’s point-to-point service, Greyhound Express, serves more than 135 markets and also operates brands for local markets including BoltBus, Lucky Streak casino service and Greyhound Connect. Greyhound is the first U.S.-based intercity bus company to operate domestic service within Mexico as well as international connections to Texas. The company also provides Greyhound Package Express (GPX) and charter services. For fare and schedule information and to buy tickets call 1-800-231-2222 or visit the website at www.greyhound.com. For the latest news and travel deals, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GreyhoundBus, Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreyhoundBus, follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/greyhoundlines, download a high resolution photo at www.bit.ly/GreyhoundBusPhotos, or follow our award-winning blog, The Hound, at http://www.bloggreyhound.com.
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