AAA: More than 54 million Americans to travel this Thanksgiving, highest in 12 years
For the second year in a row, AAA is predicting travel numbers to increase over Thanksgiving.
AAA says 54.3 million Americans, including 2.2 million Ohioans, are planning to travel at least 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving.
AAA says their estimates are for travelers planning to venture at least 50 miles from home, between Wednesday, November 21, and Sunday, November 25. That's a 4.8% increase over the last year, in Ohio and nationally, AAA says.
“Consumers have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season: higher wages, more disposable income and rising levels of household wealth,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA Travel senior vice president.
AAA says that more than 89% of travelers will drive to their holiday destinations. That 89% equates to 2.3 million more Americans, including nearly 90,000 more Ohioans on the road. AAA says travelers should expect crowded roadways.
If you're planning on renting a car for your holiday travel, AAA says consumers can expect to save on rentals this Thanksgiving. The average daily rate is currently $63, which is 10% less than last year, according to AAA's Leisure Travel Index.
In addition, AAA says airports will be busy this Thanksgiving with 4.27 million Americans flying. That number includes nearly 185,000 Ohioans flying to their destination. AAA says this mark is an increase of 5.4% nationally, and 6.3% in Ohio over last year. It's also the highest number of Thanksgiving air travelers since 2007 nationally.
Because of this increase, travelers that are taking to the sky should account for longer security lines, as well as increased drive times to the airport. AAA is recommending holiday travelers get to the airport at least two hours before their scheduled departure.
The two busiest days for Thanksgiving air travel are Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the holiday, AAA says.