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December 20-21 expected to be busiest holiday travel days

December 20-21 expected to be busiest holiday travel days December 20-21 expected to be busiest holiday travel days
Russell Knight | 20 December, 2017, 14:10

Will you travel over the Christmas holidays? Since 2005, total year-end holiday travel volume has grown by 21.6 million, an increase of more than 25 percent.

According to AAA, almost 107.3 million Americans are expected to travel this year for the holidays. Energy traders watch this activity closely because it accounts for 10 percent of global oil demand.US motor trips will rise to 97.3 million for this holiday season, the seventh consecutive annual increase, AAA said.

In Massachusetts, more than nearly 2.3 million travelers are expected, with just over 2 million of them traveling by auto.

Just as we saw over the Thanksgiving travel season, the holiday travel season this year promises good news for restaurants, hotels and probably even the likes of Airbnb. Authors of the study attribute the growth in holiday travel to a strengthening economy and optimistic consumer confidence.

Drivers filling up in the Chattanooga area will find some of the cheapest gas in the South.

While auto travel will see a 3.1 percent increase, there will also be a 4.1 percent increase in airline travel and a 2.2 percent increase in trains, buses, rails and cruise ships. "Gas prices are still reasonable at $2.46 for regular, still 20 cents higher than previous year, but not really impacting people". Travel will worsen in the late afternoon as commuters and holiday travelers mix.

For a second year, Orlando and Anaheim, Calif., top this year's top 10 holiday destinations, based on AAA.com bookings. Competition, capacity over-expansion and lower oil prices contributed to the decline.

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Air travel now accounts now for 5.9 percent of all travel, following four consecutive years of share increases, AAA said.

AAA expects more holiday travelers this year than any year in the past decade, a record number of Americans are expected to hit the road.

The largest share of travel, roughly 90.7 percent, will be on USA roads.

AAA officials predict the greatest amount of congestion on the roads to be between December 20-21.

"With record-level travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers must be prepared for delays in major metros", said Dr. Additionally, it will be best for travelers to avoid peak times and to seek alternative routes.

Airports also will be busy and security lines may be longer than usual around the holidays. During peak travel times, contact your airline for guidance, as it may be necessary to arrive even earlier.

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