AAA: Florida, Nation Will See Record Travel for the Holiday Season

AAA: Florida, Nation Will See Record Travel for the Holiday Season

According to the motor club AAA, around 107.3 million people will take various forms of transport to go see their loved ones this holiday season-a jump of 3.1 percent from a year ago and the highest reported level ever.

The busiest season will strike December 23- January 1, AAA reports, but December 20 - 22 are expected to create a huge spike in travel times, with December 22 from 3 - 5 p.m. being the worst, according to data from transportation analytics company INRIX.

Throughout the year travel has increased for every major holiday weekend - Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving - and AAA projects the same for the year-end holiday period. It's also an increase of 21.6 million from 2005, showing a consistent track record of growth, and just the third year that the number has topped 100 million.

"Overall, our research shows that Americans are doing better than previous year and want to go somewhere for the holidays", said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, AAA Travel. Prices are expected to drop on average by another 5 cents per gallon before the year is out, bringing some relief to the estimated 97.4 million people taking to the road for the holiday season.

The estimated 107.3 million travelers will be the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase compared with past year.

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"Overall, our research shows that Americans are doing better than previous year and want to go somewhere for the holidays", said Vicky Evans, the assistant vice president of AAA Travel. "We've seen the strong economy and growing consumer confidence fuel holiday travel all year long".

Cheaper gas prices, airfare and hotel rates all contribute to the increase in travel. At $165, the average year-end holiday airfare for a round-trip ticket on the top 40 domestic routes is at a five-year low, according to AAA's Leisure Travel Index.

INRIX, which partnered with AAA, use a combination of historical data and recent travel trends on specific highways and interstates, to estimate travel times during peak periods.

Vehicle rentals have increased year-over-year, AAA said.

For consumer prices in general, the U.S. Labor Department reported average prices paid in November rose 2.2 percent from a year ago.

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