Over 100 Million Americans Traveling for the Holidays

Car on road during winter

Car on road during winter

Since 2005, total year-end holiday travel volume has grown by 21.6 million, an increase of more than 25%.

AAA surveyed Nevadans this month to determine local travel trends for the holiday.

Between Dec. 23 and January 1 AAA expects 107.3 million Americans will be traveling, although Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 may be the busiest time on the roads due to the mixture of commuters and early travelers, AAA said.

Steady economic growth continues to drive this year's increase in travel, as stronger employment, rising incomes, low prices for goods and services, and increasing household assets are leading to more consumer spending.

For the 97.4 million Americans traveling by automobile, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, in collaboration with AAA, predicts travel times during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the normal trip.

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Traffic ibuilds on southbound Interstate 15 near Jean as holiday travelers leave Las Vegas, mostly returning to South California after the New Year's weekend, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. Nationally, 32.9 percent of the population is expected to travel.

"More expensive gas prices are not swaying holiday revelers to stay home", AAA senior vice president Bill Sutherland said in a statement.

Travel Tip: Try to avoid traveling through major cities during peak travel times.

The North Dakota average stands at $2.49, 38 cents more than a year ago.

Drivers are getting an early Christmas present: Gas prices are dropping just in time for the busy travel season. AAA reports that rental costs at the airport have increased 11 percent over previous year. At $165, the average year-end holiday airfare for a round-trip ticket on the top 40 domestic routes is at a five-year low, according to AAA's Leisure Travel Index. At $74 per day, the rate has increased by 11 percent since 2016.

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