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Busiest Thanksgiving for travel in more than a decade

Busiest Thanksgiving for travel in more than a decade

Despite the fact that a gallon of gas is now 40 to 50 cents higher than it was last Thanksgiving, more Americans are traveling this holiday weekend than at any other time in the past 12 years.

AAA is predicting this will be the busiest Thanksgiving travel weekend in a decade in MI.

On the eve of the holiday travel season, the price of unleaded gasoline in the metro Augusta area averaged $2.28 per gallon - roughly 18 cents per gallon more than motorists this time previous year, according to AAA data.

The price of gasoline is 32.5 cents higher per gallon this year than last year in SC heading into the busiest travel period of the year.

"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", said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president.

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Daily passenger volumes will range from 1.61 million to 2.88 million, with the busiest days expected to be today and Sunday, he said. Flights are expected to be the lowest on average in five years for a round-trip domestic flight at $157, a 23-percent drop each year.

With increased traffic on the nation's highways and crowded airports, traveling before and during the Thanksgiving weekend can be extremely challenging.

People traveling by vehicle to their holiday destination have many ways to save money on gas, although some are not as obvious as others. AAA said the hike is due to a rise in demand and the cost of newer vehicles.

The association forecasts 107,802 Georgians to fly for the holiday, the most since 116,695 flew in 2007. But lucky for us, Google has tips on how to avoid congestion on the road. Compared to previous years, New York City, Las Vegas and San Francisco are gaining popularity as holiday spots.

"To get to JFK Airport, it's going to take you on average one hour and 54 minutes to get to your destination", Sinclair said. Nearly 90% of Colorado travelers are planning a road trip and expect to pay a pretty penny! AAA recommends motorists have their vehicles inspected by a trusted fix shop before leaving for your destination.