Traveling this Thanksgiving? You've got company

AAA predicting increase in this year's holiday travel

Chris Miller
November 19, 2018 - 6:40 am

More people will be traveling for Thanksgiving this year -- AAA says it's the most since 2005. The association is estimating 54.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home for Thanksgiving.

"Automobile is going to be the dominant mode of transportation," said AAA spokesman Mike Right. "We're anticipating 48.5 million Americans will be traveling by motor vehicle."

  • Automobiles: The vast majority of travelers – 48.5 million – will hit the road this Thanksgiving, nearly 5 percent more than last year.
  • Planes: The largest growth in holiday travel is by air, at 5.4 percent, with 4.27 million travelers.
  • Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships: Travel across these sectors will increase by 1.4 percent, with a total 1.48 million passengers.

Most travelers will be leaving Wednesday, said Right, with Sunday as the biggest day to come home.

“Consumers have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season: higher wages, more disposable income and rising levels of household wealth,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA Travel senior vice president. “This is translating into more travelers kicking off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway, building on a positive year for the travel industry.”

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

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