“Leisure travel is back, and it’s back stronger,” said Alex Tonarelli, general manager at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Scott Berman, principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers Hospitality and Leisure, said that from a hotel industry perspective, that’s good news. “People are feeling better about themselves,” he said, making them more likely to indulge in a vacation this summer. PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts that the average hotel occupancy in the United States this year will reach 62.2 percent, the most crowded that hotels have been since 2007. Planes are also “chockablock full,” said the airline industry analyst Robert W. Mann Jr., who predicted domestic flights would be 84 percent full this year. “It means everyone is sharing an armrest,” he said. Business travelers wistfully remember when they had elbow room — or even an entire row to themselves — on flights that left at inconvenient times. “The early morning flights that used to be just business travelers are now filled with people on a discount fare,” Mr. Butler said. What’s more, he said, the Transportation Safety Administration lines aren’t as fully staffed at odd hours, making the wait to be screened even longer. “It never used to be that bad,” he said. Get the full story at The New York Times