Are You Traveling For Thanksgiving This Year?

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According to a report out by AAA, 50.9 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home for the Thanksgiving holiday period between November 22 to November 26.

"Thanksgiving kicks off the start of a busy holiday season, and more Americans will travel to spend time with friends and family this year", said Michelle Donati, communications manager for AAA Arizona.

The largest share of travel, roughly 89 percent, will be on USA roads.

About 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this week, a 3.3 percent - or 1.6 million more people - increase over past year.

"Compared to the first half of November a year ago, gas prices this November are on average 39-cents more expensive", said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

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.

United States gasoline demand and vehicle miles traveled both set records in 2016. About 4 million will fly, a 5 percent increase.

More Americans will travel this Thanksgiving than the past twelve.

North Carolina's average gas price is around $2.40 per gallon. Airfare for the top 40 domestic destinations round trip are averaged at $157, which is a whopping 23 per cent lower than the average of last year's, and the lowest in five years.

But Milani said higher gas prices aren't keeping travelers off the road. But average airfares on the most popular routes within the US will be the lowest in five years, the group says.

She's also beating the airport crowds that analysts expect to be the largest they've been since 2005. Airline passengers from St. Louis to Nashville, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh may face some turbulence and delays.

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