AAA: More than 1.6 million Michiganders will celebrate Thanksgiving with holiday getaway

Ivan Schwartz
November 17, 2017

Southern California residents will travel in greater numbers for the Thanksgiving holiday this year than at any time since Thanksgiving 2007, with 3.87 million residents expected to get away for the long weekend - a 3.6 percent increase over last year's 3.74 million travelers, the Automobile Club of Southern California said Thursday. This would be a 3.3 percent increase over previous year, and be the highest number of travelers since 2005.

AAA expects almost 51 million Americans to hit the road for Thanksgiving travel next week, the highest volume for Turkey Day travel in a dozen years.

The forecast for increased travel comes despite higher gas prices.

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Springfield averages $2.54 a gallon, according to AAA. This also marks the eighth consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel in MI as more people take to the nation's roads, skies, rails and waterways. The majority of traveling Floridians are expected to take to the highways, despite gasoline prices that are expected to be the highest since 2014, AAA said.

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"Thanksgiving kicks off the start of what will likely become the busiest holiday season in more than a decade", said Vicky Evans, AAA's Assistant Vice President of Travel Sales Development. The most serious charge against Menendez, honest services fraud, is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The 1.46 million Michiganders planning a Thanksgiving road trip represents a 3.3 percent increase over past year.

The company also added that according to AAA's Leisure Travel Index, travelers taking to the skies will pay the lowest average in five years for a round-trip flight for the top 40 domestic routes.

And auto rentals are averaging $70 per day, 34 percent above past year and the highest rate for a Thanksgiving weekend since 2013. "These factors are fueling a confident consumer, who is expected to maintain a high level of spending that should drive an increase in holiday travel".

Alternate travel: Travel by trains and other modes (including buses and cruises) is expected to increase 1.1 percent to 1.48 million travelers.

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