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

18 November, 2017, 02:14 | Author: Janis Wilson
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"Nearly 4 million Texans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving", Armbruster said.

AAA expects almost 51 million Americans to hit the road for Thanksgiving travel next week, the highest volume for Turkey Day travel in a dozen years. Many Green Bay Packers fans may also be traveling to Pittsburgh, to see the team take on the Steelers. The Thanksgiving travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22, to Sunday, Nov. 26.

New predictions from AAA of the Carolinas show that more than 1.4 million people from North Carolina and 700,000 from SC will travel more than 50 miles from home over the Thanksgiving holiday, despite high gas prices. "A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry".

"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.

The auto club released its annual forecast on Thursday for people traveling 50 miles or more, saying that's up 3.5 percent from previous year.

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That is a three-percent increase from a year ago. This Thanksgiving, pump prices are likely to be the highest since 2014. "That's the most we've seen in a dozen years".

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

For those traveling the roads, a gallon of regular gas in MA averages $2.59 a gallon. That's 1.6 million more people than in 2016. 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. AAA recommends motorists have their vehicles inspected by a trusted fix shop, such as one of the more than 7,000 AAA Approved Auto fix facilities across North America. Travelers can use the app to map a route, find the lowest gas prices, access exclusive member discounts, make travel arrangements, request AAA roadside assistance, find AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities and more.

AAA and research firm IHS Markit base their forecast on recent and predicted growth in the economy, consumer spending, household wealth and other measures. It is expected to be the busiest Thanksgiving travel time for drivers in a dozen years.

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