Thanksgiving weekend to lure record American travellers

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AAA estimates over 1.6 will be traveling more than 50 miles for the holiday season.

The company is projecting that 265,000 Idahoans will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Air travel in NY is expected to jump 5 percent this Thanksgiving, with 278,304 flying to their destination.

The number of travelers hitting the road this Thanksgiving holiday is expected to swell to levels not seen in more than a decade, triggering what could be "record" traffic delays in some of the country's biggest cities, according to the American Automobile Association. Most of these travelers will be going by auto to their destination.

Car-rental rates are also higher than a year ago, and so are many hotel rooms, according to AAA.

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Meanwhile air travelers are getting a break for the holiday. Liquids must be in containers smaller than 3.4 ounces and all the containers must fit in a quart size bag. Motorists should beware that the worst time will be between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, when holiday travelers are expected to join post-work commuters on Chicago-area interstates.

AAA does predict that while they expect to see lower prices at the pump in the coming days, they are expecting travelers to see the highest gas prices since 2014. AAA points at low unemployment rates and consumer confidence for the swarm of travelers. At $157, on average, that is a 23 percent fare drop year-over-year.

Thanksgiving travel will be the highest since 2005 which is being boosted by a stronger U.S. economy- and despite higher gas prices at the pumps.

According to Hertz, the busiest day for rental pick-ups is expected to be November 22, with an average rental length of almost five full days, as travelers look to take advantage of the long holiday weekend. Conversely, the average rate for AAA Two Diamond Rated hotels has decreased five percent with an average nightly cost of $117. Both Orlando, Florida, and Anaheim, California, top this year's top 10 holiday destinations based on bookings.

Topping the list of most congested routes through cities are Interstate 5 through southeast Los Angeles and Interstate 495 E in NY. The average price increased by 14 percent to $176/night.


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