Thanksgiving Day travel expected to be busy in Phoenix

Ivan Schwartz
November 22, 2017

Today it's closer to $2.50 per gallon.

Bambi Eskew, who manages Allen Samuels House of Travel, said the week of Thanksgiving is among the busiest travel times of the year.

After the largest pre-Thanksgiving increase in years, gas prices have dropped 3 cents in the last week as a record 46 million people are expected to hit the road for the busiest travel weekend of the year. AAA credits a growing economy and low unemployment for putting people in the traveling mood.

The automotive club predicts that 2.25 million New Englanders will be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday, the highest number since 2005.

Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans has seen passenger counts increase by 5 to 7 percent each month this year.

AAA's projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit.

Road trips will cost more, however.

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AAA Northeast said Monday in its weekly survey that self-serve, regular unleaded is averaging $2.53 per gallon.

Millions of people expected to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, and they'll be paying more to do it than they did just a year ago. But average airfares on the most popular routes within the USA will be the lowest in five years, the group says.

The Alabama Department of Transportation announced there would be no temporary lane closures during the Thanksgiving travel period from noon Wednesday through midnight Sunday. "Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic". If you're flying for the holidays, take to the El to get to O'Hare (Blue Line) or Midway (Orange Line).

Most of this traffic is anticipated to hit during the early evening hours and as early as Tuesday, Nov. 21.

- Kids 12 and under don't need TSA Precheck to use the shorter lines if they're with a parent who has Precheck.

And once you're out of Chicago, things don't necessarily get better from there. Others will travel by air or train.

This is due to daily commuters mixing with holiday travelers heading out.

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