AAA: 4.1 million Texans expected to travel for Thanksgiving

Most since 2005

November 08, 2018 - 8:48 am

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Thanksgiving travel will reach its highest point in more than a dozen years, according to estimates released Thursday by AAA.

AAA says 4.1 million Texans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.7 percent increase over last year. That mirrors an increase across the country, where some 54.3 million Americans are expected to travel - up 4.8 percent.

The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005 for both Texas and the United States.

Nationally, 2.5 million more people are taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year. For the 48.5 million Americans planning a Thanksgiving road trip, INRIX, a global mobility analytics company, predicts travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. could be as much as four times longer than a normal trip.

"Texans have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, including a robust economy,” said Kent Livesay with AAA Texas. "This is leading to higher consumer confidence and more travelers kicking off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway, building on an already strong year for the travel industry."

The Thanksgiving holiday period is defined as Wednesday, November 21 to Sunday, November 25.

The increase in travel is despite increased gas prices. Nationally, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel is at its highest point in four years.

"Motorists have become accustomed to this year’s more expensive gas prices  and won’t let higher fuel costs deter them from taking Thanksgiving road trips," said AAA gas price expert Jeanette Casselano.

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