AAA officials said Wednesday they expect 43.4 million Americans will travel fifty or more miles away from home this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
That would mark a decrease of about 1.5 percent from last year, which may have been the peak of travel following the recession of 2008, after which numbers dropped by nearly 25 percent on Thanksgiving 2009.
Ninety percent of Americans will travel by car, a decrease of 1.6 percent from last Thanksgiving. Bus and train travel is expected to increase. 3.7 percent fewer travelers are expected to fly.
AAA projects the median trip will be about 601 miles, and median spending will be about $465, down seven percent from last year.
Currently, the average price of gasoline is the lowest for any Thanksgiving since 2010, and AAA says you can find prices below $3.00 per gallon in some states. Average round-trip airfares and median rates at three-star hotels are about one dollar lower than last year, while daily weekday car rental rates are averaging about three dollars more.
The busiest travel days each Thanksgiving are Wednesday – the day before the holiday – and the following Sunday.