The summer travel season is here, and it looks like Americans are willing to spend more money to hit the road than they were last year. Of the nearly 300 travel counselors surveyed by American Express Travel, 45% said their summer travel bookings are up compared with last year. That despite the fact that 67% have found the cost of travel to be higher this year. Costs are up because of higher airfare and hotel rates, but travelers also are splurging more on amenities such as excursions, the travel counselors said. "After one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record, it's no surprise people are itching to get away this summer," says Laura Fink, vice president of American Express Travel. "That long, cold winter has fostered a demand for travel where customers are placing a premium on perks and amenities to upgrade their trip experiences despite rising costs." Get the full story at USA Today Read also "US online travel bookings to surge this summer"