Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » News

AAA Expects 94.5 Million Americans to Travel During 2013 Holiday Travel Season

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Dec 17, 2013 08:43 AM EST

Text Size: A A A

401 road
The majority of holiday travelers will take to the road.(Photo : Wikimedia)

'Tis the season for travel and it's expected to be a busy travel season. According to AAA, 94.5 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday travel season which is a 0.6 percent increase from the 94 million people who traveled last year at this time. This increase is the fifth consecutive year of increases. The holiday travel period includes the dates between Saturday, December 21 and Wednesday, January 1.

This year's expected number of 94.5 million is the highest number since AAA started collecting data. Of those travelers, 91 percent, or 85.8 million are expected to travel by car. This shows a 0.9 percent increase from last year.

Share This Story

Nearly 30 percent or 29.7 million Americans will take a trip this holiday with more than four million taking a road trip. Air travel shows a slight decrease from 5.61 million to5.53 million. Travelers will be spending a bit more as the median spending is expected to increase from $759 to $765.

"While economic growth has stagnated and consumer confidence has fallen Americans will not be scrooges when it comes to traveling this year," said AAA Chicago Regional President Brad Roeber. "Of all the travel holidays, the year-end holiday season remains the least volatile as Americans will not let economic conditions dictate their travel plans to celebrate the holidays."

With nine out of ten travelers taking to the road, AAA advises people to be careful. AAA says that one in five of all licensed drivers have driven when they thought their alcohol level might have been close to, or possibly over, the legal limit in the past year. AAA expects to rescue 3.76 million drivers during the holidays season due to dead batteries, flat tired and lockouts.

Air travelers should be aware of slightly lower airfares this year. During Christmas the average lowest round-trip rate is $199 for the top 40 U.S. air routes compared to $204 last year. About 3.13 million will skip air travel and driving and will take a train, bus or cruise ship instead this year. Those looking to stay in a hotel will pay a bit more as hotel rates for AAA Three Diamond lodgings are expected to average $138 per night compared to $142 last year. Travelers planning to stay at AAA Two Diamond hotels can expect to pay an average cost of $102 per night, compared to $101 in 2012. 

 

© 2015 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

Kas, Turkey

Things to Consider While Planning the Perfect Summer Adventure

It is difficult to figure out where to go when there are so many amazing and breathtaking places around the globe to choose from. But there are a couple of important qualifications that can help narrow down the options: safety, weather, and expense.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Jodi Arias Update

Jodi Arias UPDATE: Convicted Murderer To Live In Prison For Life Without Any Chance Of Parole

Jodi Arias’ latest update reveals that the convicted killer is getting a sentence of natural life in prison with no chance of parole. Now that the sentence has been given, the 2008 murder case that made headlines for its salacious details is finally closed.

No reports of injury after a magnitude 3.5 quake in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Earthquake: 3.5 Magnitude Quake Shakes West Los Angeles Five Hours After Smaller Quake, Due To Drilling?

Los Angeles Earthquake – On Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 3.5 earthquake shook the Baldwin Hills section of Los Angeles. Residents on social media described the recent Los Angeles earthquake as a “quick jolt.”

Collegiate rowing team gets attacked by Asian carp

Asian Carp Attacks Rowers, Flies Towards Them?

Asian Carp Attack – Early Friday morning, the Washington University in St. Louis freshman men's rowing team experienced an unexpected scene with a swarm of Asian carp. The Asian Carp attack occurred as swarm flew out of the water and seemingly attacked, or to be more specific, slapped them in the face.

20 sleeping dam workers were killed Balochistan, Pakistan

Dam Workers Killed: 20 Sleeping Workers Gunned By 40 Men In Pakistan

Dam Workers Killed – Early Saturday, gunmen in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province shot and killed at least 20 sleeping workers, while wounding three at a dam construction site. The attack which had the dam workers killed is now considered the deadliest attack in recent times which targeted civilians in a region with low-level insurgency.

Disturbing video shows horse thief being beaten by police in California

Horse Thief Beaten By Police: Shocking Footage Shows 11 Officers Brutally Beating Thief, Gets Internal Investigation

Horse Thief Beaten By Police – A video showing more than ten deputies beating and kicking a suspected horse thief is making headlines. The footage of the showing the horse thief beaten by police has been recorded by an NBC Los Angeles helicopter Thursday, and it lasts for about two minutes.

Six Thais, one Italian injured in car bomb blast on Thailand's Samui island

Thailand Car Bomb Explosion: Injures 7 In Popular Resort Island, Act Of Islamic Insurgency?

Thailand Car Bomb Explosion – On Friday, a bomb exploded at the Central Festival shopping mall in Samui Island in Surat Thani province, one of the country’s popular resort islands. The Thailand car bomb explosion, which went off in the basement of the mall after a fashion show at 11:30 p.m., injured seven people, according to authorities.

7 died in a plane crash near Bloomington, IL while returning home from NCAA championship game

Bloomington, Il Plane Crash: 7 Dead While Returning From NCAA Tournament, NTSB Investigating

Bloomington, Il Plane Crash – Seven people died after a small plane crash in McLean County, Illinois, near the Bloomington airport Tuesday while on its way home from the NCAA basketball tournament in Indianapolis. Authorities said that two members of Illinois State University's athletic department were amongst those killed in the Bloomington, Il plane crash.

Dozens arrested as violence erupts at Kentucky's basketball celebration

Lexington Fans Arrested: Wildcat Fans Rampage Over Loss, 31 Arrests Made

Lexington Fans Arrested – Following the loss of Wildcats to the Badgers, a number of Wildcat fans were left bewildered over the loss. However, some fans were quite enraged that they took their rage literally with a number of fires spread in the University of Kentucky’s Lexington Campus.

Caribbean Beach

Delaware Family Pesticide: Family In Critical Condition Following Alleged Pesticide Poisoning At Caribbean Resort

Delaware Family Pesticide – What should have been a safe and enjoyable Caribbean getaway turned out to be a deadly one. A family from Delaware is in serious condition following an alleged pesticide poisoning at the Sirenusa Resort on St. John in the US Virgin Islands.

Find Us on Facebook

travelers today

© Copyright 2015 Travelers Today All Rights Reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter