AAA predicts more than 100 million Americans will venture more than 50 miles from home during the year-end holiday travel period. This projection marks a 1.4 percent increase over last year’s number and a new record number of travelers. The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Dec. 23, 2015– Jan. 3, 2016.
More than 90 percent of travelers will drive to their destination. With the national average gas price on the downswing, AAA predicts motorists will pay the lowest gas prices on New Year’s Day since 2009. Air travel is expected to increase by 0.7 percent, with about 5.8 million Americans flying to their destination. Airfare on domestic routes is an estimated 6 percent lower than last year. Hotel rates and car rental fees, however, are on the upswing, with rates 3 and 4 percent higher, respectively.
“The holidays are a time for joining with friends and family, and the record number of people traveling this holiday should make for a joyous travel season,” said Marshall Doney, president and CEO, AAA. “Rising incomes and low gas prices are helping to fill stockings this year, and more people than ever will choose to spend those savings on travel this year.”
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