AAA Predicts Decline in Thanksgiving Travel

AAA is forecasting a small decline in the number of Americans traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
About 41 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a decrease of 600,000 travelers — or 1.4 percent — from last year’s total of 41.6 million, according to the auto club.
This is the first decrease in Thanksgiving holiday travel since 2002 and is the fourth consecutive travel holiday this year with a year-to-year decline in the number of travelers.
“The overall state of the economy continues to present real challenges for many Americans looking to travel this Thanksgiving,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “However, the desire to spend time with family, combined with significantly lower gasoline prices than earlier this year, is still a powerful draw which is motivating millions to travel this holiday season.”
In Oklahoma, AAA expects 439,500 Oklahomans will be on the road over the holiday, a 0.6 percent decrease from last year. Another 47,500 will fly to their holiday destination, a drop of six percent from Thanksgiving, 2007.
Retail gasoline prices have plummeted $1.80 in Oklahoma over the past two months. The average for self-serve regular in the state stands at $1.85 per gallon, compared with $3.65 on Sept. 18. A year ago, Oklahomans were paying an average of $3.03 at the pump. Today, among the 50 states, only Missouri’s average price of $1.77 per gallon is lower than Oklahoma’s.
AAA reports the national average for self-serve regular gasoline today is $2.07 per gallon, $1.03 less than the $3.10 average of a year ago.

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