1.2 Million New Jerseyans to Travel for Thanksgiving

plane-travel-american-tls-58Over 1.2 million New Jerseyans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, up 4.3 percent from those who traveled for Thanksgiving 2015 and the largest projected number of travelers since 2007, AAA projects. Nationwide, 48.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared with last year a 1.9 percent increase over 2015. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27.

This year’s increase in Thanksgiving travel is spurred by improvements in the economy during the second half of the year, including rising wages, increased consumer spending and overall strength in consumer confidence. And despite recent incremental increases in the national average price of gasoline, AAA estimates U.S. drivers have saved more than $28 billion so far at the pumps this year compared to the same period last year.

“One million more Americans than last year will carve out time to visit with friends and family this Thanksgiving,” says Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Most will travel on the tried and true holiday road trip, thanks to gas prices that are holding at close to $2 per gallon. Others will fly, take the bus or set off on a cruise to celebrate with their loved ones.”

Driving remains most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving
The vast majority—more than 89 percent—of holiday travelers will drive to their destination this year. Over 1 million New Jersey residents will take a holiday road trip this Thanksgiving, an increase of 1.1 percent over last year. Nationally, 43.5 million Americans are planning a Thanksgiving road trip which represents an increase of 1.9 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase 1.6 percent, with 3.69 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will increase only slightly this Thanksgiving, to 1.44 million travelers.

•New Jersey—1,112,637 (89% of all travelers), an increase of 4.5% from 2015.
•Nationally— 43.5 million people (89%of holiday travelers), a 1.9% increase from last year.

•New Jersey— 102,945 (8% of all travelers), an increase of 3.2% from those who flew last year.
•Nationally—3.7 million leisure travelers (8% of holiday travelers), an increase of 1.6% from 2015.

Train, Bus, Watercraft or Multi-Modal Travel:
•New Jersey— 30,653 (2.5% of all travelers), a decrease of 0.3% from last year.
•Nationally— 1.4 million travelers (3% of all travelers), an increase 0.8% from last year.

Thanksgiving gas prices second-cheapest in nearly a decade
Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.15, 10 cents more than the average price on Thanksgiving last year ($2.05). New Jersey’s average today is $2.23, 25 cents higher than one year ago.

AAA will rescue thousands of motorists this Thanksgiving

AAA expects to rescue more than 370,000 motorists nationwide this Thanksgiving, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. Based on last year’s figures, AAA Mid-Atlantic anticipates coming to the aid of over 23,000 disabled motorists in the club’s five-state and Washington, D.C. region, with over 7,000 of those breakdowns in New Jersey.

Many travelers will journey west this Thanksgiving
This year’s top destinations for Thanksgiving include many popular west coast cities, as well as perennial family-friendly favorites. The most popular destinations this Thanksgiving, based on AAA.com bookings:

1.Las Vegas, Nevada
2.San Francisco, California
3.San Diego, California
4.Orlando, Florida
5.New York City, New York
6.New Orleans, Louisiana
7.Anaheim, California
8.Fort Lauderdale, Florida
9.Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10.Seattle, Washington


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