Over 1 Million More People Than Last Year Will Travel for Thanksgiving
By Abbey Stone
Taking off for Thanksgiving weekend? According to AAA, you’ll be joined by 48.7 million Americans—over 1 million more people than traveled for the holiday last year. And the vast majority—more than 89 percent—will be hitting the road.
“Most will travel on the tried and true holiday road trip, thanks to gas prices that are holding at close to $2 per gallon,” AAA president and CEO Marshall Doney said in a statement. Thanksgiving gas prices are the second-cheapest they’ve been in a decade, and Americans have saved an estimated $28 billion on gas this year compared to 2015.
Perhaps because they’re saving money at the pump, Thanksgiving travelers are willing to shell out more for luxe accommodations during the holiday weekend. According to hotel chain STR, luxury hotels saw the highest occupancy rates (62.8 percent) over Thanksgiving, while economy hotels were less than half full. Tis the season to treat yourself.
For more statistics about Thanksgiving travel, check out the infographic created by Hotel News Now below.