AAA: More than 1.6 million Michiganders will celebrate Thanksgiving with holiday getaway

AAA: More than 1.6 million Michiganders will celebrate Thanksgiving with holiday getaway

AAA: More than 1.6 million Michiganders will celebrate Thanksgiving with holiday getaway

AAA is projecting that almost 51 million Americans will travel next week - the highest number in more than a decade.

Southern California residents will travel in greater numbers for the Thanksgiving holiday this year than at any time since Thanksgiving 2007, with 3.87 million residents expected to get away for the long weekend - a 3.6 percent increase over last year's 3.74 million travelers, the Automobile Club of Southern California said Thursday.

This represents the most travelers since 2007 and a almost 3.5 percent increase over a year ago.

The auto club earlier reported that gas prices in the Sarasota-Manatee region surged by 18 cents per gallon since last week and were averaging 41 cents higher than a year ago. Many Green Bay Packers fans may also be traveling to Pittsburgh, to see the team take on the Steelers. Americans on average are paying $2.56 at the pump, and Virginians have seen an average increase of 30 cent across the state from past year.

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The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26, according to AAA.

"A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season", Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, said. In Palm Beach County, the average price for regular was $2.62, up from $2.30 a year ago.

The Auto Club is expecting 5.37 million statewide to go by vehicle, which is up 3.5 percent from last year, and another 693,000 to fly - a 5.4 percent increase from last year.

Cheaper airfare: Consumers will pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013. Another 429,000 Southern Californians are expected to go by air, which is an increase of 5.4 percent from the 2016 holiday's 407,000 plane travelers. Air fares are at their lowest levels in five years for a round-trip flight for the top 40 domestic routes, AAA said.

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