3.9 million Texans to travel this Thanksgiving

Lynne Hanson
November 18, 2017

However, the number of Thanksgiving travelers is nothing compared to the number of people expected to head out of town for Christmas and New Year's - when more than 100 million people are projected to hit the roads and the skies.

This is almost three and a half percent from past year. "This won't stop the more than 844,000 Arizonans who are planning a holiday road trip next week".

AAA defines the Thanksgiving holiday travel period as November 22 to November 26.

AAA says Orlando is America's most popular travel destination over the holiday, while Hertz says it is expected to be the busiest airport in the nation in terms of vehicle rentals.

"Thanksgiving kicks off the start of a busy holiday season, and more thankful Americans will travel to spend time with friends and family this year", Bill Sutherland, a senior vice president for AAA, said in a statement.

Many travelers will seek theme-park and warm-weather destinations this Thanksgiving.

If you're traveling to your Thanksgiving dinner, you could see a lot more people on the road than past year.

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Of those 51 million people, 89 percent of those will be traveling by auto. Americans on average are paying $2.56 at the pump, and Virginians have seen an average increase of 30 cent across the state from previous year.

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

Previous year over the Thanksgiving holiday, AAA Carolinas rescued about 8,400 motorists, mainly because of dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. "This should set the table for small discounts at the pump, before the holiday arrives". Another 429,000 Southern Californians are expected to go by air, which is an increase of 5.4 percent from the 2016 holiday's 407,000 plane travelers. "Most people have already made their travel plans, and will not cancel them for moderate shifts in gas prices". At $157, on average, that is a 23 percent fare drop year-over-year. The average price increased by 14 percent to $176/night.

Thanksgiving travel has steadily rebounded from the post-recession low in 2008, AAA said.

Before setting out for the long Thanksgiving weekend, download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

AAA and research firm IHS Markit base their forecast on recent and predicted growth in the economy, consumer spending, household wealth and other measures.

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