Thanksgiving travel expected to be at highest level in 12 years

Gladys Abbott
November 17, 2017

According to AAA Wisconsin, more than one million Wisconsinites will travel at least 50 miles from home between next Wednesday and November 26th. It mirrors a 3.3 percent increase expected nationwide, to almost 51 million Americans.

They will join the 50.9 million Americans who plan to travel during the holiday, a gain of 1.6 million, or 3.3 percent, for the most Thanksgiving trekkers in 12 years.

California gas prices have skyrocketed in the last two weeks to their highest levels in more than two years and are likely to remain above $3.20 on average in most areas throughout the holiday weekend.

Watch News 6 and stay with for updates. The price of gas statewide is up from the $2.19 a gallon recorded a year ago. Today, the average is $2.58, but AAA expects the price will still be lower than what drivers were paying earlier this month. More than 200,000 are expected to use other modes of transportation, about the same as a year ago. The average price at AAA Three Diamond rated accommodations has jumped 14 percent to $176 per night, although rates at Two Diamond rates hotels are down 5 percent to $117.

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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"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, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season", Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, said.

Fuller skies: The largest growth in holiday travel is by air travel, at five percent, with 3.95 million travelers. Travel by other modes of transportation will increase about 1.2 percent this Thanksgiving in the Great Lake State, with over 45,000 travelers choosing cruises, trains and buses as their mode of travel.

Holiday high: auto rental daily rates will hit a five-year holiday high at $70/day, which may be due to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles.

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