WOODED – AAA predicts that 53.4 million Americans (16.2% of the population) will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, up 13% from 2020. This brings travel to less than 5% of pre-levels. pandemic in 2019, and this is the largest single-year increase in Thanksgiving travel since 2005.
While 90% of travelers will drive to their Thanksgiving destinations, air travel is seeing a huge increase this year, up 80% from 2020. With 6.4 million more people traveling this Thanksgiving, as well as the opening recent from US borders to fully vaccinated internationals. travelers, people should expect busy roads and airports. The Thanksgiving holiday period is set from Wednesday November 24 through Sunday November 28.
“Travel is top of the list again for Americans who can’t wait to spend time with family and friends on Thanksgiving. But that means travelers should expect roads and airports to be significantly more congested than what we experienced during the pandemic. Prepare your patience and expect delays, ”says Marie Dodds, public affairs director for AAA Oregon / Idaho.
“The Thanksgiving trip is very different this year. Whether you are traveling by car or plane, knowing how to navigate the new travel landscape is important to avoid unnecessary stress and challenges during your trip, ”says Doreen Loofburrow, senior vice president of travel for AAA Oregon / Idaho . “The travel industry is affected by the same staffing issues as other industries, as well as limited flight capacity. Yet it is possible to have a fun and unforgettable trip! ”
Most will travel by car
AAA predicts that 90.3% of travelers (48.3 million Americans) will drive to their Thanksgiving destination. This is an 8.4% increase from 2020.
While car trips will increase this year, they will remain lower than in 2019, when 49.9 million Americans drove; however, will exceed the volume of travelers seen as recently as 2018, when 48 million traveled to their Thanksgiving destinations.
Airline travel for Thanksgiving will increase 80% this year, recovering almost completely from the dramatic drop in 2020. AAA expects 4.2 million to fly, an increase of 1.86 million from the previous year. last year and the largest single-year increase on record.
Even with the jump in air travel this year, AAA finds that the lowest average airfare is 27.3% lower than last year, at $ 132.
Gas prices significantly higher than last year
Those who decide to hit the road for Thanksgiving will find the price of gasoline at least a dollar a gallon more expensive than last year. The national average is at its highest level for vacations since 2012, while the Oregon average for vacations is never higher.
“High gasoline prices are not keeping people home. Those who need to cut back on spending will do so in other ways, such as limiting restaurant meals and looking for more economical accommodation options and other activities, ”says Dodds.