Higher Prices Don't Deter Thanksgiving Travelers

Whether on the highway or at home, Americans will pay more to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. But higher gas prices and costlier airfare are not stopping millions of people from traveling for the holiday.

About 42.5 million people are expected to drive, fly or ride trains to their Thanksgiving destinations, according to travel tracker AAA. That's the highest number since the start of the recession. In North Carolina, more than 1 million people are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home.

Ninety percent of them will drive, and it won't be cheap. Drivers will pay almost 20 percent more for gas, which has reached an average of $3.42 a gallon.

Many airfares are up 20 percent from last year. Rail travelers will pay 2 to 5 percent more on most one-way Amtrak tickets. And hotel rates are up slightly, too.

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  • by Really? Location: DC on Nov 23, 2011 at 07:43 AM
    Driving from DC to Greenville and back. Will cost me $100 in gas...oh well...suck it up and deal with it
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Nov 23, 2011 at 06:20 AM
    Welp; guess that means that for many folks, family really does come first.
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      by If This Were True... on Nov 23, 2011 at 04:22 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      ...We'd all live within a reasonable distance from our loved ones. (5-50 miles)
  • by anon on Nov 23, 2011 at 04:14 AM
    This doesn't surprise me at all, because you can't put a price on seeing loved ones!
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Nov 23, 2011 at 06:21 AM in reply to anon
  • by Anonymous on Nov 23, 2011 at 02:58 AM
    Of course not.Like I stated many times on this site.Either you have money or you dont.

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