AAA predicts 51 million travelers this Thanksgiving, highest volume since 2005

AAA predicts 51 million travelers this Thanksgiving, highest volume since 2005

AAA Idaho projects 265,000 Idahoans will travel fifty miles or more from home this holiday season, with 236,000 opting to travel by automobile.

This represents the most travelers since 2007 and a almost 3.5 percent increase over previous year. About 79,200, or seven percent, will fly to their destinations, and about 22,500 will take buses, trains, cruises or other modes of travel, the auto club said.

The number of USA 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. "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".

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Most of them, 2.3 million, will take a road trip between Wednesday and Sunday next week, AAA said. That is the highest number of travelers since 2005, and it's up 3.3 percent from last Thanksgiving. Overall, travel for the holiday weekend is expected to be busier than a year ago.

However, experts say drivers will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014. "This should set the table for small discounts at the pump, before the holiday arrives". All passengers should wear their seatbelts; according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 301 vehicle occupants died in traffic crashes during Thanksgiving weekend in 2015; about 50 percent of those killed weren't wearing seat belts at the time.

Idaho's current average price for regular gasoline is $2.65.

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Travelers taking to the skies will pay the lowest average in five years for a round-trip flight for the top 40 domestic routes.

But some of the savings will be lost when renting a auto. Conversely, the average rate for a AAA Two Diamond Rated hotel has decreased 5 percent with an average nightly cost of $117.

AAA expects to rescue more than 330,000 motorists this Thanksgiving weekend, with the primary reasons being lockouts, flat tires and battery-related issues.

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IHS Markit, a London-based business information provider, provided the data for the AAA report. "Getting an early start may be a good plan to avoid some holiday travel stress".

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