AAA Forecast: More traveling this Thanksgiving holiday - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

AAA Forecast: More traveling this Thanksgiving holiday

WASHINGTON. - It's that time of year again and AAA predicts some 38.4 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from home this holiday.

Washington State Travelers...

> Washington is expected to be one of the top 20 states to produce Thanksgiving holiday travelers

> Approximately 608,000 Washingtonians will travel 50 miles or more

> 518,000 will go by car

> 46,000 will go by air

> Average price of gas is $2.85 per gallon, 62 cents higher than last year

That's nearly 1.5 percent more than last year

"With more than a half-million of us more traveling this year, grandma might have to set an extra plate at the table after all," said AAA's Glen MacDonell.

Most of those, 33.2 million will be traveling by car; 1.3 million more than last year. While the number traveling by air should be down some 200,000 passengers, don't expect to be able to stretch out on your flight.

"The planes are actually going to feel more packed than they have in the past and that's because capacity is down," said Jennifer Gaines of Travelocity.

Due to capacity being down, you will likely be paying more with higher fees for everything from food to checked baggage.

Those higher costs, along with tighter security and more frequent delays are why experts say air travel is down a whopping 62 percent this decade.

"The economy continues to weigh heavily on leisure travel decisions even on this important family holiday," MacDonell said.

Those who will travel say they'll spend an average $718 on their holiday trip even in the continuing uncertain economic times as for many, turkey day with family is too important to carve out completely.

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