November 28, 2014

Memorial Day travel forecast is up, gas prices are down

gas-pump-111After a long, cold winter and a wet, chilly spring, many Nebraskans are eagerly making plans for the first getaway of the summer season.

Gail Weinholzer, at AAA-Nebraska, says they’re forecasting an upturn in the number of Memorial Day travelers nationwide, compared to last year. She says almost nine out of ten vacationers will be on the road.

“We expect an increase in personal automobiles as well as air travel,” Weinholzer says. “Eighty-eight percent of all travelers or about 31.8-million Americans will travel by personal automobile. In addition, air travel’s expected to increase 2.4% to about 2.6-million leisure travelers.”

With so many travelers driving over the upcoming holiday weekend, Weinholzer says they’ll be pleased to discover gasoline prices are down from last year.

“Nebraska’s average price is $3.50 which is 15-cents lower than the national average and it’s 28-cents lower than a year ago today when it was $3.78,” Weinholzer says. “Nebraskans are feeling relief at the pump and hopefully, that will increase their travels as well.”

On the flip side, she says travelers will encounter slightly higher prices with airfares six-percent higher than last year, mid-range hotels are up two-percent and car rentals cost one-percent more.