Thanksgiving Day travel expected to be busy in Phoenix

Thanksgiving Day travel expected to be busy in Phoenix

Thanksgiving Day travel expected to be busy in Phoenix

AAA forecasts 50.9 million Americans - including almost 1.3 million in New Jersey - will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday.

"Thanksgiving kicks off the busy holiday season, and more Americans will travel to spend time with friends and family this year", said Cathleen Lewis, director of public affairs, for AAA Northeast.

The largest share of travel, roughly 89 percent, will be on U.S. roads.

This year, about 51 million Americans will take planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transit 50 miles or more to their holiday destinations, a 3.3 percent increase over last year.

More than 45 million will travel by vehicle between next Wednesday and the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the auto club said Thursday. That's despite a higher national average for gas prices over a year ago; this November's national average is $2.54, about 37 cents more than last November. About 4 million will fly, a 5 percent increase.

AAA does predict that while they expect to see lower prices at the pump in the coming days, they are expecting travelers to see the highest gas prices since 2014.

Average airfares on the most popular routes within the US will be the lowest in five years, the group says.

More Americans will travel this Thanksgiving than the past twelve.

Fueling up: Gas prices in Tennessee averaged $1.94 on Thanksgiving 2016. He also advised that travelers make sure they have a seat assignment confirmation before arriving to the airport to ensure they won't be put on standby.

He said the nonstop flights Lovell Field has gained to the NY area and to Chicago on United Airlines will help boost Thanksgiving traffic. A storm is expected to sweep across the nation during the weekend. Airline passengers from St. Louis to Nashville, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh may face some turbulence and delays.

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