Those going home for Thanksgiving will have company on the roads and in the air. Triple-A released their travel outlook for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Nebraska spokesperson Rose White says they predict 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home between Wednesday, November 26th and Sunday, November 30th.
White says 89% of those traveling will drive. Those traveling by air will join about 3.55 million others over the next few days AAA reports this will likely be the highest volume for Thanksgiving holiday travel since 2007 with a 4.2% increase over last year’s 44.4 million.
AAA reports airfare is up about 1% from a year ago. Car rentals are up about 10% and the average weekend daily rate will total $55. White says that cost will be offset by lower prices at the pump. Gas prices are down about 43-cents from last year at this time. Hotel rates are up 8% and the average room will cost about $154 this year compared to one year ago.
AAA’s report shows 89% of travelers will spend time with family and friends during the holiday weekend, 59% plan to shop and 70% will enjoy dining out.