"Busiest holiday season:" Over 50 million Americans expected to travel this Thanksgiving

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Nearly 4 million Texans will travel more than 50 miles to their destinations, an increase of 3 percent over previous year.

The average price of gas in our state rings in at $2.40/g, which is up 32 cents from this time past year. About 79,200, or seven percent, will fly to their destinations, and about 22,500 will take buses, trains, cruises or other modes of travel, the auto club said.

The busiest travel day will be November 22, the day before Thanksgiving.

AAA expects the four-day holiday to be the busiest in more than 10 years, with an estimated 50.9 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more. "A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season". This would be a 3.3 percent increase over past year, and be the highest number of travelers since 2005.

AAA estimates that 51 million Americans plan to travel for the holiday, which means the roads will be super packed.

That is a three-percent increase from a year ago.

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"AAA forecasts drivers will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014, thanks to strong demand and high oil prices", said Nick Jarmusz, spokesman, AAA- The Auto Club Group.

Travelers will pay more for AAA Three Diamond Rated hotels this holiday weekend. "This should set the table for small discounts at the pump, before the holiday arrives".

"I am leaving Saturday to go to IN to have Thanksgiving with my dad", she said.

For those traveling the roads, a gallon of regular gas in MA averages $2.59 a gallon. "Our projection is there will be a 5.3 percent increase in boardings". AAA recommends motorists have their vehicles inspected by a trusted fix shop, such as one of the more than 7,000 AAA Approved Auto fix facilities across North America. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

IHS Markit, a London-based business information provider, provided the data for the AAA report. It is expected to be the busiest Thanksgiving travel time for drivers in a dozen years.

Of course, saving money is key when traveling during the holidays.

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