Record number of Americans forecast to travel over Thanksgiving weekend

AAA 2017 Thanksgiving Forecast

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.

If you'll be hitting the road this Thanksgiving you'll have plenty of company, with an estimated 2.6 million Floridians expected to travel 50 miles or more.

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.

That's an increase of 80,230 people, representing a 3.2% rise over a year ago, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).

The forecast for increased travel comes despite higher gas prices. It was higher at $2.56 a gallon a month ago, but lower at $2.18 a gallon past year at Thanksgiving.

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

It is the sixth consecutive year air travel has grown during the holiday, and now accounts now for 7.8 percent of all travel, its highest share since 2010, AAA said.

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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.

Travelers hoping to beat the rush with a trip out of town Tuesday evening will likely still find crippling delays, according to AAA.

Some 45.5 million United States road-trippers will set off to grandma's house and other destinations during the Thanksgiving holiday, the highest volume seen nationwide since 2005.

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

"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, driving up the confidence in consumers who are more willing to spend on travel this year". Airline travel will be up 5 percent to 3.95 million travelers, and consumers will pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013.

Alternate travel: Travel by trains and other modes (including buses and cruises) is expected to increase 1.1 percent to 1.48 million travelers.

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