AAA: More than 1.6 million Michiganders will celebrate Thanksgiving with holiday getaway

18 November, 2017, 00:09 | Author: Randy Kelley
  • Thanksgiving 2017 Will See the Most Travelers in 12 Years

Airports will see the largest bump in travelers, with 3.95 million expected to take to the skies.

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.

The number of U.S. travellers hitting the road over the Thanksgiving holiday is expected to swell to levels not seen in more than a decade, triggering what could be "record" traffic delays in some of the country's biggest cities, says the American Automobile Association.

No matter your transportation option, experts want you to know that Wednesday the day before Thanksgiving, is the worst day to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

AAA credited the increased travel to a strong economy and labor market, in addition to rising incomes.

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Flying High: Over 82,000 Wisconsinites are forecast to take a flight. 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. While the average price is $2.56 across the country, Texans are paying about 20 cents less per gallon. In Palm Beach County, the average price for regular was $2.62, up from $2.30 a year ago.

The average price of gas in our state rings in at $2.40/g, which is up 32 cents from this time a year ago.

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High gas prices are not expected to deter Americans from hitting the road this Thanksgiving.

Fueling Up: 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.

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

"Carolinians are still planning to hit the roads in record-breaking numbers to spend time with family and friends this Thanksgiving", said AAA Carolinas President and CEO Dave Parsons. "This should set the table for small discounts at the pump, before the holiday arrives".

Alabama and California hold the lowest and highest average price for the lower 48 states at $2.271 and $3.228 per gallon.

"Idaho has experienced a seasonal price drop, but it's been slower than in recent years", Conde said.

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