AAA: Over 38 Million Americans to Travel on Memorial Day Weekend

by SpeedLux

Upcoming Memorial Day weekend is expected to be a hectic one for travel, as American Automobile Association (AAA) is projecting over 38 million Americans will strike the roadway, the second greatest volume on record and the since 2005. As compared to 2015, 700,000 more people will travel due to lower gas rates.

“Americans are excitedly awaiting the start of summer season and are prepared to travel in numbers not seen in more than a decade,” stated AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney. “The great American trip is officially back thanks to low gas rates, and countless individuals from coast to coast prepare to start summer season with a Memorial Day trip.”

Simply this year alone, AAA approximates that Americans conserved $15 billion on gas compared with the same duration in 2015 thanks to rates being at their most affordable in 11 years. Additionally, AAA likewise suggests that a strong labor market and rising individual earnings are permitting people to travel on Memorial Day this year. Due to low gas rates, nearly 34 million holiday travelers (about 89 percent) will drive to their Memorial Day destinations this year, which is up 2.1 percent compared to 2015. Air travel is predicted to grow by 1.6 percent over last year to 2.6 million, while travel by other modes such as cruises, trains, and busses will drop 2.3 percent to 1.6 million.

AAA’s Leisure Travel Index likewise suggests that average airlines tickets for the top 40 domestic paths will be 26 percent cheaper for Memorial Day this year, with roundtrip tickets averaging $165. Average hotel costs, however, will stay in line with in 2014 at $183 for AAA Three Diamond Rated hotels and $151 for 2 Diamond Rated hotels. Car leasings, on the other hand, are expected to be a little lower at $62 or 3 percent less than in 2014’s average rates. AAA likewise expects to rescue over 350,000 vehicle drivers with dead batteries, secrets secured their automobile, and flat tires this Memorial Day weekend.

This year’s leading locations will be places with warmer environments and historical American cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, Honolulu, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Miami, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, New York, and South Padre Island.

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