AAA: Highest Thanksgiving Travel for 2017 season

AAA: Highest Thanksgiving Travel for 2017 season

AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving; a 3.3 percent increase over previous year.

The auto club earlier reported that gas prices in the Sarasota-Manatee region surged by 18 cents per gallon since last week and were averaging 41 cents higher than a year ago. This also marks the eighth consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel in MI as more people take to the nation's roads, skies, rails and waterways.

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AAA is expecting the busiest Thanksgiving weekend traffic in more than a decade.

"Thanksgiving kicks off the start of a busy holiday season, and more thankful Americans will travel to spend time with friends and family this year", Bill Sutherland, a senior vice president for AAA, said in a statement.

Nationally, Anaheim, site of the Disneyland Resort, is expected to be the second most popular Thanksgiving destination, according to the AAA.

"Automobile travel is expected to increase by three percent over last year's Thanksgiving week in Texas", Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas spokesperson, said in the news release.

Of those 51 million people, 89 percent of those will be traveling by auto.

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If you're traveling over Thanksgiving, you'll have even more company than previous year.

Sometimes driving can be significantly cheaper, however, this year gas prices are the highest this time of year since 2004.

Motorists should see some relief at the pump before the holiday.

"I anticipate close to 5,000 passengers to use the airport over Thanksgiving", Beardsley said.

The travel surge is being chalked up to a good economy and moderate gas prices.

Before setting out for the long Thanksgiving weekend, download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Every AAA Inspected & Approved establishment offers the assurance of acceptable cleanliness, comfort and hospitality, and ratings of One to Five Diamonds help travelers find the right match for amenities and services.

"This year we could see record-level travel delays", INRIX transportation analyst Bob Pishue said.

AAA and research firm IHS Markit base their forecast on recent and predicted growth in the economy, consumer spending, household wealth and other measures.

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