AAA: Memorial Day Travel at Highest Level Since 2005

AAA: MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL HITS HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 2005
39.3 Million Americans Expected to Travel This Memorial Day Weekend

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OMAHA, NE, (May 17, 2017) – One million more travelers will take to the road, sky, rails and water for Memorial Day this year; creating the highest travel volume for the holiday since 2005. AAA projects 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. 

“The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development, AAA - The Auto Club Group. “Higher confidence, rising wages, and recent gas price declines have bolstered consumer spending, leaving many Americans with more money to spend on travel this Memorial Day.”

The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 25 through Monday, May 29.

By the Numbers:

Gas Prices Tumble; Remain Slightly Higher Than Last Year
  Large Increases in Flying and Travel by Other Modes this Memorial Day
  Airfares, Hotel and Car Rental Rates on the Rise
  More Americans Plan to Rent Cars for their Holiday Road Trips this Year
 

TOP DESTINATIONS FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
(Based on AAA travel bookings)
BUSIEST AIRPORT PICK-UP LOCATIONS FOR RENTAL CARS
(According to HERTZ data from 2016)
  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. London, England
  4. Dublin, Ireland
  5. Vancouver, Canada
  6. Seattle, Washington
  7. Las Vegas, Nevada
  8. New York, New York
  9. Paris, France
  10. Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Atlanta (ATL) 
  • Denver (DEN)
Many Memorial Day Vacationers Traveling Abroad this Year
 

AAA to Rescue more than 330,000 Motorists this Memorial Day
  AAA to Reimburse Members up to $1,500 for Emergency Expenses
  AAA offers the following tools to assist travelers
  About the travel forecast:
AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit. The London-based business information provider first teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA/IHS Markit 2017 Memorial Day holiday travel forecast is available here.

About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 57 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.