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

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

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

Roughly 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home November 22-26, a 3.3 percent increase over previous year and the most since 2005, Heathrow, Florida-based AAA said in a report released on Thursday.

AAA projects more than 1.6 million Michiganders will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving holiday.

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Travelers will hit the roads, rails and skies this Thanksgiving holiday in their largest numbers in more than a decade, lured by cheap plane tickets and a growing economy, the nation's largest motor advocacy group said.

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Idaho's current average price for regular gasoline is $2.65. The price of gas statewide is up from the $2.19 a gallon recorded a year ago. "This should set the table for small discounts at the pump, before the holiday arrives".

The 1.07 million Marylanders expected to travel between Wednesday and Sunday of the holiday weekend represents a 3.4 percent increase, the auto club said. "These factors are fueling a confident consumer, who is expected to maintain a high level of spending that should drive an increase in holiday travel". 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. "However, this year flying for the holiday is not as expensive as other years with average airfares the lowest in five years". Nationally, Anaheim, site of the Disneyland Resort, is expected to be the second most popular Thanksgiving destination, according to the AAA.

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Air travel is expected to see the biggest year-over-year increase, at 5 per cent, with about 4 million travellers expected to pass through USA airports over the holiday period.

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