Over 50 Million Travelers Expected to Hit the Road this Thanksgiving

Posted November 17, 2017

"Thanksgiving kicks off the start of what will likely become the busiest holiday season in more than a decade", said Vicky Evans, AAA's Assistant Vice President of Travel Sales Development.

About one in six Marylanders is expected to travel for the Thanksgiving weekend, the most since 2005, according to a AAA Mid-Atlantic projection.

It is the sixth consecutive year air travel has grown during the holiday, and now accounts now for 7.8 percent of all travel, its highest share since 2010, AAA said.

An estimated 2.6 million Florida residents will travel at least 50 miles during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, according to an AAA forecast released Thursday.

AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predict travel times in the most congested cities in the US during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the optimal trip. It was higher at $2.56 a gallon a month ago, but lower at $2.18 a gallon previous year at Thanksgiving. The numbers have been increasing every year since. "A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence".

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

Idaho's current average price for regular gasoline is $2.65. Prices were at $2.56 a gallon on Wednesday, about 10 percent above past year, AAA said. 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.

In Virginia, more than 1,270,000 are expected to travel by automobile, 103,000 will travel by plane and 30,000 will be using other modes of transportation.

However, experts say drivers will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014.

Holiday high: auto rental daily rates will hit a five-year holiday high at $70/day, which may be due to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles.

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