AAA expects the busiest Thanksgiving traffic in more than a decade

Ken Copeland
November 18, 2017

"These factors should help fuel consumer spending and generate a strong finish for the travel", said Vicky Evans, an assistant vice president at AAA, in a release.

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as November 22 through November 26.

Just under 4 million USA travelers will fly this year, an increase of almost 5 percent and the largest number since 2007.

Road Trip Ready: 2.3 million will take a Thanksgiving road trip; an increase of 71,786 people (3.2%). More than 200,000 are expected to use other modes of transportation, about the same as previous year. Previous year on Thanksgiving Day, the average price for a gallon of regular in Florida was $2.10.

While gas prices are higher this year, Armbruster says travelers will continue to supply the demand.

In Florida, 190,720 are expected to take a flight, a 4.5 percent over a year ago, AAA said.

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Cheaper Airfare: Consumers will pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013. "This is the highest number of Arizonans to hit the road for Thanksgiving since 2005".

Road trips will cost more, however. "The Rockies region now has an abundant supply and is often one of the last to react to USA gas market activity, so we'll be watching to see how the latest national uptick affects Gem State prices in the coming days". The state average rose 13 cents in three days. As of Wednesday the average was $2.52.

There will be 5% more passengers this year flying, and sometimes the biggest struggle when booking holiday flights is the price.

For those traveling the roads, a gallon of regular gas in MA averages $2.59 a gallon. Prices this year are likely to be the highest since 2014, but should be lower than what motorists were paying earlier this month. More than 45 million of them will be driving.

According to AAA Texas, gas prices are holding steady.

"Oil prices reached 2-year highs last week, causing the sudden jump at the pump", Jenkins continued.

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