June 30, 2016|
Record Travel Numbers Expected for this Holiday Weekend
AAA is projecting that the Fourth of July travel volume will be highest on record for this holiday period with nearly 43 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more away from home. The holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, June 30 to Monday, July 4. Low fuel prices are providing families with more funds to spend on travel, says AAA. U.S. drivers have saved about $20 billion on gasoline so far this year compared to the same period in 2015. Nearly eighty-five percent of holiday travelers, more than 36 million, will drive to their destination. Air travel is expected to increase more than two percent with 3.3 million Americans flying during the holiday period. Another 3.3 million will use other modes of transportation including cruises, trains and buses. The fuel costs savings for air carriers are being passed on to consumers in the form of lower air rates. According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index which compares rates for the top 40 domestic flight routes, air rates are down nine percent compared to last year with an average roundtrip ticket costing $207.
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