Survey shows strong Thanksgiving travel

Survey shows strong Thanksgiving travel Despite slightly higher gas prices and fewer flight options than last Thanksgiving, Americans are expected to drive and fly in increased numbers this upcoming holiday, according to AAA.

AAA estimates that 36 million Americans will take a trip 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, up 2.4 percent from 35.2 million last year.

A total of 31.1 million travelers (86 percent of all Thanksgiving travelers) expect to go by motor vehicle, a 2.5 percent increase from the 30.3 million who drove a year. Another 4.6 million (13 percent of holiday travelers) plan to go by airplane, up almost 1 percent from last Thanksgiving. A projected 300,000 vacationers (1 percent) will go by train, bus or other modes of transportation.

AAA's holiday travel projections are based on a national survey of 1,300 U.S. adults.

by the Travel Industry Association, which conducts special research for AAA.

AAA is a not for profit federation of more than 80 clubs with more than 1,000 offices providing 43 million members in the United States and Canada with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services. AAA South Dakota has offices in Aberdeen, Brookings, Huron, Madison, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Spearfish, Sioux Falls, Vermillion, Watertown and Yankton.

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