AAA Predicts Seven Year High in Travel for Thanksgiving

DENVER, November 17, 2015 – AAA Colorado forecasts 766,000 Coloradans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, a 0.4 percent increase over last year and the most since 2007. Nationally, AAA forecasts 46.9 million American travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29.

Driving remains most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving

Gas prices remain well below 2014 levels, providing an early holiday bonus to the more than 87 percent of holiday travelers who will drive to their destinations. Today’s average gas price in Colorado is $2.03 compared to $2.94 a year ago. This is the state’s lowest Thanksgiving gas price since 2008.

Slightly more than 664,000 Coloradans will take a holiday road trip this Thanksgiving. The percentage of air travelers is expected to equal last year, with 53,000 Coloradans flying to their holiday destinations.

Airfares fall, hotel and car rental rates rise modestly

According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, airfares are projected to decrease 10 percent this Thanksgiving, landing at an average of $169 roundtrip across the top 40 domestic flight routes. Rates for AAA Three Diamond Rated lodgings are expected to remain relatively flat, with travelers spending an average of $155 per night. Daily car rental rates will average $60, eight percent higher than last Thanksgiving.

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AAA Colorado has more than 600,000 members and is an advocate for safety and security for all travelers. As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 54 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services, as well as member exclusive savings.