Despite gas prices, economy millions plan Memorial Day travel - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Despite gas prices, economy millions plan Memorial Day travel

SPOKANE, Wash. - Despite an uncertain economy, Americans are gearing up for a getaway this Memorial Day weekend.

According to AAA, a whopping 84 percent, or more than 32 million, will hit the road.

Not a record, but a one and a half percent boost from last year's drop off due to the recession.

"In terms of the distance traveled over Memorial Day weekend, on average, it will be 620 miles and the money spent for the weekend will be, on average, $1,050," said AAA President Bob Darbelnet.

Lower gas prices are helping drive the increase.

Compared to last year, gas is expected to be down about $1.50 a gallon.

Approximately 4.4 million people will fly this holiday weekend, that's up one percent from last year.

Hotel prices around the country will average 12 percent less than last year.

Rental car rates are also down.

The average airfare this weekend is down as much as 15 percent.

Travel analysts say Memorial Day weekend may be the bright spot when it comes to travel.

Overall summer travel is expected to be slightly off compared to last year.
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