Holiday Traffic
Alex Brandon/AP
By Robert Gibbons

NEW YORK -- Fewer Americans will travel during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend as economic uncertainty in a sluggish recovery curbs travel plans, travel group AAA said Wednesday.

AAA expects 38.9 million Americans to drive 50 miles or more from their homes for the holiday period, which is from Wednesday, Nov. 27, to Sunday, Dec. 1, a decline of 1.6 percent from the 2012 holiday period and would come despite falling fuel prices, AAA noted.

About 3.14 million will fly to their destinations, a 3.7 percent drop from 2012, according to AAA.

Approximately 1.4 million will use other modes of transportation,
including rail, bus or cruise ship, putting the total number of expected Thanksgiving travelers at 43.4 million, down 1.5 percent from 2012, AAA said.

"While the economy continues to improve, the sluggish pace of the recovery is creating uncertainty in the minds of some consumers, and therefore AAA is projecting a slight decline in the number of Thanksgiving travelers this year," Marshall Doney, AAA chief operating officer, said in a release.

The slip in expected travel by automobile comes even with gasoline prices "at their lowest levels for the holiday since 2010," Doney noted.

The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline stood at $3.209 a gallon Tuesday, according to AAA, down from $3.416 a gallon a year ago.

AAA said it expects drivers in the majority of states to be able to find fuel stations selling gasoline for less than $3 a gallon.


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jdykbpl45

Obama and the democrats have improved things so much, that we are all broke.

November 22 2013 at 9:45 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
willypfistergash

This year obama is gonna pardon obamacare, the biggest turkey of all.

November 22 2013 at 12:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
darbrow717

So that is why the price per barrel is rising today, makes perfect sense now, haa

November 21 2013 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WildMtHoney888

Gee I thought everyone would save so much money with the Affordable Health Care Law. They would be dancing in the streets going thank you Progressives. I have extra money better health care? Oh wait cancellations are going out. And the penalties have not been waived. You can bet your bottom dollar that the fine will be a line in the tax form in the spring of 2015 will have a line. Put your approved policy number in. Put nothing and you will get a fine that will be imposed. And since families live within a budget they are preparing for that and the higher cost of insurance. So no money for traveling. Uncle Sam is getting that.
Others have not thought that far. But the dirty little secret is the tax form in 2015.

November 21 2013 at 11:05 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
SPQR

The corporations did it . All the prior presidents deregulated and signed bills to allow millions of jobs to leave our shores to get relection money

November 21 2013 at 9:50 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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willypfistergash

What deregulation did bush sign?

November 22 2013 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pdbliz

Who can really give thanks this year but the EBT CARD HOLDERS,,,THE SECTION 8 FAMILIES,,THE WELFARE PEOPLE,,,PEOPLE THAT GET HELP YEAR ROUND ON THE POWER...WATER GAS BILLS...
Yet,,,these people of all races,,,,carry coach handbags,,,nice shoes,,rings and come out to parking lot,,get in a nice car,,,and,,drive to the next church to get another turkey..
Same thing at Christmas,,,,,over and over,,,,year after year,,,generation after generation...
SOMETHING IS BAD WRONG WITH OUR SYSTEM.!!!!!
IT IS CALLED,,,DEMOCRATE PARTY,,,THE PARTY OF SLAVERY.!!!!!

November 21 2013 at 9:00 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply