AAA: Memorial Day travel to be highest in 12 years
Published 9:15 am, Thursday, May 18, 2017
Expect more vehicles on the roads during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
In fact, this year it’s expected to be the highest Memorial Day traffic volume in a dozen years.
AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend.
That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.
“The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing, said in a release. “Higher confidence has led to more consumer spending, and many Americans are choosing to allocate their extra money on travel this Memorial Day.”
The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 25 to Monday, May 29.
Other points in the AAA travel forecast:
2017 will mark the third consecutive year of growth in Memorial Day travel with 2.7 percent more travelers than last year.
More than 88 percent of travelers will drive to their destinations, an increase of 2.4 percent over last year.
Drivers will pay the highest Memorial Day gas prices since 2015.
Airfares, car rental rates and mid-range hotels are all trending higher than last Memorial Day.
More Americans are planning to rent cars for their holiday road trips this year. AAA’s car rental bookings are 19 percent higher than last Memorial Day. According to Hertz, the busiest day for car rental pick-ups is expected to be Friday, May 26, based on last year’s data.