Over 100 Million Americans Traveling for the Holidays

Andrew Cummings
December 15, 2017

USA Today reported that the airlines projected a higher record of 51 million travelers that will fly during the holiday season.

Parmenter, the spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford, said local travel projections will be released Monday.

The holiday travel period runs from December 23 to January 1.

The auto club released its annual forecast this week, saying MI will see a 3.4 percent increase from last year's holiday period.

AAA expects a record 107.3 million Americans, including almost 4.5 million Ohioans, to journey 50 miles or more from home between Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 and Monday Jan. 1, 2018.

"Whether they are going home or visiting a new destination, Americans have more money to finance their travel plans, thanks to a stronger economy and growing consumer confidence".

Additionally, 82 percent of Las Vegas residents who plan to travel said that their primary goal is to visit family, with the remainder planning leisurely trips for skiing, camping or sightseeing, Blasky said. For those traveling by automobile, global transportation analytics company INRIX predicts spending three times as much time in traffic as compared to a normal trip.

"With record-level (numbers of) travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers must be prepared for delays in major metros", said Graham Cookson, chief.

The 90 percent of holiday travelers choosing to drive will find the most expensive year-end gas prices since 2014. "Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak times altogether or consider alternative routes".

The North Dakota average stands at $2.49, 38 cents more than previous year.

Holiday airfares are 20 percent cheaper than previous year, AAA said. The higher average auto rental cost sets new five-year record high rate for year-end holiday travel. Overall, competition, capacity over-expansion and lower oil prices are contributing to the decline. At $74 per day, the rate has increased by 11 percent since 2016.

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