AAA: 2017 to have most Thanksgiving travelers in 12 years

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

An estimated 2.6 million Florida residents will travel at least 50 miles during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, according to an AAA forecast released Thursday.

In fact, some 45.5 million road-trippers will set off to grandma's house and other destinations during the Thanksgiving holiday, up from past year and the highest volume seen nationwide since 2005.

Nationwide, 51 million people will be traveling between November 22-26, AAA predicts.

Road trip ready: 89 percent of all travelers - 45.5 million - are planning a Thanksgiving road trip, an increase of 3.2 percent over past year. Although Idaho gas prices have been among the highest in the country in recent years, a nine-cent increase over the past month brings the US average to within a dime of Idaho pump prices.

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.

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.




Travel will not only be up here in Wisconsin, but across the country as well.

Air travel is expected to see the biggest year-over-year increase, at 5 per cent, with about 4 million travellers expected to pass through U.S. airports over the holiday period.

"With more money in their pockets, consumers are willing to spend on air travel this year, which tends to be the more expensive mode of travel", she said.

Some 45.5 million U.S. road-trippers will set off to grandma's house and other destinations during the Thanksgiving holiday, the highest volume seen nationwide since 2005. Already long travel times could quadruple, according to AAA.

"Idaho has experienced a seasonal price drop, but it's been slower than in recent years", Conde said. "A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence". Nationally, 89 percent of travelers - 45.5 million - will go by vehicle, which is 3.2 percent higher than a year ago.

Nearly 90 percent of expected travelers this Thanksgiving - or 45.5 million - are planning on taking a road trip.

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