AAA Projects Continued Increase in Thanksgiving Travel

DENVER, November 15 – AAA Colorado forecasts 791,000 Coloradans (14.5% of the population) will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, a 1.5 percent increase over last year and continuing the trend of highest number of Thanksgiving travelers since 2007. Nationally, AAA forecasts 48.7 million American travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, Wednesday, November 23 to Sunday, November 27.

Driving remains most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving

More than 680,000 Coloradans – 86 percent of holiday travelers – will drive this Thanksgiving. An additional 55,000 travelers (7%) will fly. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses accounts for another 7% of travelers.

The Colorado average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.15, approximately 10 cents more per gallon than the average price on Thanksgiving last year. Most U.S. drivers will pay the second-cheapest Thanksgiving gas prices in the last 10 years.

Thanksgiving airfares, hotel rates and car rental prices mixed

According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, airfares are projected to increase 21 percent this Thanksgiving, landing at an average of $205 for a roundtrip flight for the top 40 domestic routes. Rates for AAA Three Diamond Rated lodgings are expected to remain flat, with travelers spending an average of $155 per night. Daily car rental rates will average $52, 13 percent lower than last Thanksgiving.

AAA Colorado has more than 640,000 members and is an advocate for safety and security for all travelers. As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 56 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services, as well as member exclusive savings