LETTER: Traveling for Thanksgiving? You’ll have plenty of company


To Ozaukee Press:

AAA predicts 54.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving. Air travel from Wisconsin will exceed pre-pandemic levels and set a new record high this year.

Despite higher gas prices, 89% of all Thanksgiving travelers will drive. AAA forecasts 48.65 million Americans will set out for a holiday road trip. That’s 203,000 more drivers than last year. In Wisconsin, 957,872 will take a Thanksgiving road trip.

The average price of gasoline is $3.59 per gallon, 48 cents more than last Thanksgiving.

More than 411,000 drivers will need AAA roadside assistance during the holiday weekend. The most common reasons are dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts.

In addition to congestion on the roads, Thanksgiving travelers are likely to find long lines at the airport. Nationwide, air travel is up nearly 8% from last year, with 4.5 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations.

Airfares are 22% higher than last year

The lowest round trip airfare is $166 compared $135 in 2021. Hotels cost 17% more this year. A mid-range AAA Three Diamond property costs $218 per night compared to $187 last year

Car rentals, however, are  7% less expensive this year. The average daily rate is $90.

Nick Jarmusz

American Automobile Association






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