Roughly 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home November 22-26, a 3.3 percent increase over past year and the most since 2005, Heathrow, Florida-based AAA said in a report released on Thursday.
This year, about 51 million Americans will take planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transit 80 kilometres or more to their holiday destinations, a 3.3 per cent increase over last year.
According to AAA, of those traveling to see family and friends during Thanksgiving, about 2.3 million Floridians will get there via road trip. What is interesting is gas prices in Wisconsin are likely to be at their highest since 2014.
A new report by Hertz shows that Orlando International Airport will be among the busiest airport pick-up locations for rental cars.
Higher gas prices won't stop Floridians from hitting the road this Thanksgiving. "Oil prices reached 2-year highs last week, causing the sudden jump at the pump".
In Massachusetts, more than 1.1 million people expect to travel over Thanksgiving, and more than 975,000 of them will go by vehicle, AAA said. In Palm Beach County, the average price for regular was $2.62, up from $2.30 a year ago.
The increase comes at a time when gas prices are up more then 40 cent from a year ago.
Nearly 90 percent of expected travelers this Thanksgiving - or 45.5 million - are planning on taking a road trip.
"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, added Ocasio even though gas prices may be more this holiday season".
In Florida, 190,720 are expected to take a flight, a 4.5 percent over a year ago, AAA said. Air fares are at their lowest levels in five years for a round-trip flight for the top 40 domestic routes, AAA said.