U.S. cities brace for 'record' Thanksgiving traffic delays

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Across the USA 50.9 million Americans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving. Prices were at $2.56 a gallon on Wednesday, about 10 percent above a year ago, AAA said. "Although some people may adjust food expenses or other line items in their travel budget, we don't expect fuel prices to stop people from visiting friends and family this Thanksgiving".

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as November 22 through November 26. This holiday season, Gloria Worthen has a few things she's grateful for and while she's staying home and won't be part of the 3.9 million Texas travelers expected to hit the road for the holiday, she says she's at least thankful for the prices at the pump.

In Florida, 190,720 are expected to take a flight, a 4.5 percent over previous year, AAA said.

Sometimes driving can be significantly cheaper, however, this year gas prices are the highest this time of year since 2004.

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

Orlando is the No. 1 Thanksgiving destination, followed by Anaheim, California, New York City, Honolulu and Las Vegas.

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Idaho's current average price for regular gasoline is $2.65. Air fares are at their lowest levels in five years for a round-trip flight for the top 40 domestic routes, AAA said. The average price increased by 14 percent to $176/night.

AAA expects to rescue more than 330,000 motorists this Thanksgiving weekend, with the primary reasons being lockouts, flat tires and battery-related issues.

Before setting out for the long Thanksgiving weekend, download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The auto club credits a growing economy and low unemployment for putting people in the traveling mood.

IHS Markit, a London-based business information provider, provided the data for the AAA report.

A robust U.S. economy is driving across-the-board travel this season, according to the 115-year-old automobile association.

Of course, saving money is key when traveling during the holidays.

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