The upcoming holiday travel season could be the busiest travel season in the past six years according to AAA. They’re predicting that 93.3 million Americans will hit the road, making it a 1.6 percent increase since last year.
The highways will be the most popular route because finding a good deal on a plane ticket has become increasingly more difficult. In fact, AAA says a record 84.4 million people will drive at least 50 miles between Dec. 22 and Jan. 1, and that’s 90.5 percent of holiday travelers. In other words, one in four Americans will be driving long distances for Christmas and New Year’s.
What does this mean for your travel plans? Plan for frequent traffic jams, overcrowded toll plazas and long lines at rest stops. But what about gas prices? AAA estimates the average price will range between $3.20 and $3.40 a gallon by New Year’s Day, according to AAA.
Even though a lot of people are hitting the road, some travelers are still taking to the air. It is predicted that 86 percent of seats will be filled with paying passengers. That number could climb to 90 percent on the weekend before Christmas, the day after Christmas and January 2. Airlines for America estimates that about 15 million people will fly between Dec. 17 and Jan. 6.
Whether you’re driving or flying to your holiday destination, expect to pay more for lodging expenses. AAA three diamond lodgings are forecast to cost $129 a night, up $3 from last year. Two diamond properties are also up $3 a night to $95.
Overall, holiday travel brings on expenses – planned and unplanned. Make sure to protect your holiday travel investment by purchasing travel insurance. It can cover you when unexpected travel delays strike.
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