Thanksgiving 2017 travel to be busiest in 12 years, AAA says

by Ben Pena November 17, 2017, 0:23
Thanksgiving 2017 travel to be busiest in 12 years, AAA says

USA motorists will take 45.5 million trips this holiday, a 1.5 percent increase over a year ago and also the most since 2005, even though gas prices are at their highest since 2014, AAA said.

We are just one week away from Thanksgiving and AAA has released their predictions for a very busy Thanksgiving travel weekend.

Eight-nine percent of all travelers - 45.5 million - are planning a Thanksgiving road trip by auto, an increase of 3.2 percent more than previous year, AAA said.

"So many more people are doing pre-holiday trips to take in all the experiences created to get people into the spirit of the season", said travel expert Jeanenne Tornatore. Many Green Bay Packers fans may also be traveling to Pittsburgh, to see the team take on the Steelers. The numbers have been increasing every year since. "A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season".

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 26.

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Nearly 90 percent of expected travelers this Thanksgiving - or 45.5 million - are planning on taking a road trip.

Idaho's current average price for regular gasoline is $2.65. The average price at AAA Three Diamond rated accommodations has jumped 14 percent to $176 per night, although rates at Two Diamond rates hotels are down 5 percent to $117.

Alternate travel: Travel by trains and other modes (including buses and cruises) is expected to increase 1.1 percent to 1.48 million travelers.

Most travellers - about 90 per cent, or 45.5 million people - will be on the road; a 3.2 per cent increase in automobile traffic over last year's holiday, according to the pre-holiday analysis.That's despite a higher national average for petrol prices over last year.

Meanwhile, Thanksgiving travelers who fly this holiday are expected to pay the lowest fares in five years for round-trip tickets on the top 40 domestic routes.


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