The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

November 14, 2012

AAA predicts increase in Thanksgiving travelers

Apparently, it's no secret that Americans plan to travel on the cheap this Thanksgiving.

Airfares are down, gas prices are lower, hotel rooms are a smidgen cheaper and money is tight all around, according to the annual Thanksgiving travel survey produced by AAA.

But people, 43.6 million of them, plan to move about the country, which is slightly more than last Thanksgiving and a multitude more than at the peak of the Great Recession.

"Thanksgiving travel hit a decade low in 2008 when only 37.8 million Americans traveled," AAA President Robert Darbelnet said in a statement. "Since that year we have seen a steady increase in the number of travelers taking to the roads and skies for the holiday. Americans continue to find ways to economize their budgets."

He said the median outlay for travel over the four-day weekend — $498 — is a 10 percent decrease from last year.

Nine out of 10 people who told AAA they plan to travel more than 50 miles said they would travel by car, accounting for the small increase in overall travel. Air travel is forecast to decline by a fraction.

Anticipating that flying will be a rare experience for some of the more than 3 million who will board planes, the Transportation Security Administration issued its usual holiday reminders about limits on carry-on liquids and cautions about wrapped packages, snow globes and toting cakes and pies.

AAA said that airfares on the 40 most popular air routes have dropped by 11 percent since last Thanksgiving.

The automobile club said the average price of gasoline nationwide was expected to be between $3.25 and $3.40. That's a decline of almost 40 cents a gallon since early October.

Hotel rooms were just a couple of dollars cheaper than a year ago, AAA said.

Wednesday and Sunday were expected to be the heaviest travel days, although 25 percent of people said they won't head home until Monday.

1
Text Only
Top News
  • PHOTOS: Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners

    Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners - Majors, Minors, Pee Wee

    July 25, 2014

  • Foreman calls Iowa murder case a 'slam dunk'

    The foreman of a jury that convicted an Iowa man of killing his pregnant wife says the prosecution's case was a "slam dunk" even if the investigation had flaws.

    July 25, 2014

  • JUST IN: Man shot in downtown Clinton

    A 32-year-old man was shot in downtown Clinton early today.

    July 25, 2014

  • UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

    A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children's clothing scattered in the courtyard.

     

    July 25, 2014

  • Iowa panel sued for rejecting Cedar Rapids casino

    Former Linn County Attorney Eugene Kopecky has sued the Iowa Racing Gaming Commission over its rejection of the proposed Cedar Rapids casino.

    July 25, 2014

  • 10 things to know for today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

     

    July 25, 2014

  • Be more informed

    Blame the city.That is a favorite pastime of many, including me at times. Driving over that pesky pothole or paying that annual property tax bill can lead to some choice words referencing the city. Nobody takes the brunt of being the scapegoat more t

    July 25, 2014

  • Arizona's prolonged lethal injection is fourth in U.S. this year

    Arizona's execution of double-murderer Joseph Wood marked the fourth time this year that a state failed to dispatch a convict efficiently, according to the Constitution Project, a bipartisan legal group.3

    July 24, 2014

  • Technology plays key part in battling police brutality (with VIDEO)

    Allegations of police brutality are nothing new -- as long as there has been law enforcement, citizens have registered claims that some officers cross the line. But in the last few years, the claims of excessive force are being corroborated with new technology from cell phone cameras, police dash-cams and surveillance videos. 

    July 24, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video