While Boomers Hoard Toilet Paper, Millennials Are Making Memes About Taking “Corona Holidays”
"$200 international flight AND I could die? Sign me up."
As the number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases continue to grow across the globe, some countries have shut off their borders to help prevent the spread of the disease.
But many airlines are flinging flight deals left, right and centre to make up for the decline of bums on airplane seats. As companies begin to cancel work-related travel, festivals start to postpone or totally scrap events, and weary holidayers ready to drop their trips, airlines are scrambling to make up for the lost coin.
Despite travel insurance generally not covering pandemics and epidemics as reasons for cancellations, people continue to buy up travel insurance for their upcoming vacations. As it stands, most trips will only be refunded if countries are declared totally off-limits by government bodies, if travel insurance was bought before the announcement.
However this information hasn’t stopped deal-hungry millennials. As the toilet paper crisis and the rush to stockpile takes over multiple countries, younger generations are taking it all in their stride. Unconcerned with preparing for the doomsday-type event that boomers seem so hard-pressed by, millennials and Gen-Z are only focused on one thing — dirt cheap flights.
The corona virus made flights so cheap i think it’s finally time to start traveling. Lmaooooo. I’m here for a good time not a long time.
— jas (@jasssmathers) March 8, 2020
Fortune reports that coronavirus could cost airlines up to $113 billion in lost revenue thanks to a decrease in demand and increase in cancellations. So, it’s unsurprising that in response to the growing COVID-19 coronavirus fears, airlines are offering some of the cheapest flights they’ve ever advertised.
Aussie airlines like Virgin are offering direct return flights from Sydney to Los Angeles for a measly $766 — only a month out from the date of travel. This is a route that often goes for more than double this price during most times of the year.
But it’s not only Australian flights that have been slashed, airfares from the US to Europe are almost the cheapest they’ve ever been. Large airlines like American, United, Delta and Air France are currently offering round-trip fares from New York to Paris for the cheap price of $285.
The media: “CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IS GETTING WORSE EVERYONE PLS WASH UR HANDS AND QUARANTINE URSELVES DON’T MOVE WE’RE GETTING CLOSER TO THE END“
Millennials on our way to the airport cuz flight prices dropped: pic.twitter.com/WKtfnWEwJW
— air (@ayoair) March 6, 2020
As a result, younger generations have begun poking fun at the idea of taking up these super cheap flights for “coronovacations” and “corona holidays”. For a lot of young people battling the increasing cost of living and general life responsibilities like student loans and car debts, these low coronavirus airfares may be one of the rare chances they have at a proper holiday.
Plus the grim running joke of “wanting to die” plays on the boomer fears of the “deadly” coronavirus, despite the illness only having a 3.4% fatality rate.
So when you combine young adults wanting to travel with having no money, hating boomers, the enticing concept of being quarantined from human interaction for 14 whole days, and wanting to die… well, you get a whole heap of highly-relatable coronavirus holiday memes.
Me on my $43 flight to my $20/ night 5-day Coronovacation pic.twitter.com/zoXmmHBKev
— undecided (@rowdybt) March 6, 2020
Lowering the price of flights to almost nothing and warning millennials traveling might kill us is just asking for trouble. $200 international flight AND I could die? Sign me up
— jess a brambles company ⚪️ (@jessokfine) March 8, 2020
“Coronavirus cases has risen”
Me still catching flights this year: pic.twitter.com/fK2y7NwvY9
— Sth LDN (@ibemood) March 8, 2020
These flight prices are wild, who wanna go to Puerto Rico for lunch tomorrow?
— D.T.B 4 Life (@uncle_drew217) March 10, 2020
me in a quarantine center in italy after i book a flight since prices dropped because of the corona virus pic.twitter.com/YhW4tKxxyl
— ¿alex? (@hoemoticon) March 7, 2020
coronavirus made flights so cheap y’all can finally afford to hang out with your internet boyfriend
— white zinfangirl (@samantha__riggs) March 7, 2020
me after hearing someone cough on my $8 round trip flight to italy pic.twitter.com/5Fumi7fWvm
— dijahsb.com (@DijahSB) March 6, 2020
Millennials buying discounted flights during the coronavirus panic pic.twitter.com/4eb9QDm4JV
— Mike from Wiscanson (@skinny_que) March 8, 2020
Flights are so cheap right now that it is entirely plausible to fake your death from Corona Virus, hop on a plane to a foreign country, take on a lover and start on a new life
— 1984’s George Whorewell (@EwdatsGROSS) March 9, 2020
"Flights are only $30 cause of the Coronavirus. I'm gonna travel the world"
— Cryptic (@CrypticNoOne) March 8, 2020