102: WalletHub's 2022 Winter Travel Survey & Money-Saving Tips for Travelers with Jill Gonzalez

In this episode of Saving With Steve, host Steve Sexton is joined by Jill Gonzalez, a consumer finance expert, financial literacy advocate, and Communications Director at WalletHub.

The busiest travel time of the year is quickly approaching, but it may look a lot different this year for many people due to inflation. WalletHub, a personal finance website that's known for its studies and surveys, recently released the findings of its 2022 Winter Travel Survey.

My guest today, WalletHub analyst, Jill Gonzalez, joins us today to discuss how to save money on domestic and international travel this winter, despite rate hikes and inflation. Jill also talks about why many people are planning to apply for a new credit card and use credit card rewards to save on winter travel expenses, and shares some tips for people who are trying to take advantage of credit cards this winter.

“People simply have less money left to spare for luxuries like travel when the prices of everyday items are inflated,” says Gonzalez. Jill shares statistics from WalletHub's 2022 Winter Travel Survey, explaining that 26 million Americans are unable to afford winter travel this year, and 66% more people will not travel this winter compared to 2021.

Jill Gonzalez is a consumer finance expert, public policy expert, and a financial literacy advocate.

Her appearances include NBC Nightly News, Fox Business Network, Wall Street Journal Live and C-SPAN's Washington Journal. Jill has been a guest on APM's Marketplace, CBS Radio and ESPN Radio.

Her take on consumer finance has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Fortune and Kiplinger.

Previously, Jill covered sports as a sideline reporter for Verizon FiOS1Sports headquartered in New York City.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications and a double-minor in Media Production & Analysis and French from The Ohio State University.