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Thanksgiving travel to grow, despite higher gas prices

Thanksgiving travel to grow, despite higher gas prices

Just under 4 million USA travelers will fly this year, an increase of almost 5 percent and the largest number since 2007.

AAA says that its prediction will mean that this is the highest volume of travelers since 2005 at Thanksgiving time, and that these travelers will be driving 50 miles or more for the Holiday. What is interesting is gas prices in Wisconsin are likely to be at their highest since 2014.

For those traveling the roads, a gallon of regular gas in MA averages $2.59 a gallon.

Air travel is expected to grow by 5 percent to 3.95 million trips, buoyed by the cheapest tickets since 2013, AAA said.

The company also added that according to AAA's Leisure Travel Index, travelers taking to the skies will pay the lowest average in five years for a round-trip flight for the top 40 domestic routes.

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"Most people have already made their travel plans, and will not cancel them for moderate shifts in gas prices", Jenkins said.

Holiday travel is expected to rise 3.3 percent from 2016 numbers, an increase of 1.6 million travelers, AAA said.

The auto club earlier reported that gas prices in the Sarasota-Manatee region surged by 18 cents per gallon since last week and were averaging 41 cents higher than a year ago. Americans on average are paying $2.56 at the pump, and Virginians have seen an average increase of 30 cent across the state from past year.

In Florida, 190,720 are expected to take a flight, a 4.5 percent over previous year, AAA said. "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". In fact if you consider the two most popular destinations identified by AAA, Orlando and Anaheim, you would think that the fourth Thursday in November had been set aside to celebrate Walt Disney.


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