AAA reports fuel prices having little impact on holiday travel

| 11/21/2007

Despite record fuel prices, the roads probably won’t be any less congested this Thanksgiving, according to AAA’s annual holiday travel predictions.

AAA estimates that 38.7 million American will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving – a modest 1.5 percent increase from last year’s 38.1 million travelers, according to a AAA press release.

Approximately 31.2 million travelers – 80 percent of all holiday travelers – expect to go by motor vehicle, a 1.3 percent increase from the 30.8 million who drove in 2006.

“The interesting trend this holiday season is gas prices,” said Robert L. Darbelnet, president and CEO of AAA.

“This is the first time that we have seen gas prices topping more than $3 a gallon in November. A year ago prices were in the range of $2.20 a gallon, so this year travelers are really feeling the pinch. But Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for family gatherings and higher gas prices will not discourage Americans from connecting with their loved ones.”