AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predict travel times in the most congested cities in the USA during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the optimal trip. It mirrors a 3.3 percent increase expected nationwide, to almost 51 million Americans. Americans on average are paying $2.56 at the pump, and Virginians have seen an average increase of 30 cent across the state from previous year. The organization said a strengthening economy and consumer confidence have prompted Americans to be willing to spend more on travel.
Gas prices jumped more than 10 percent after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, peaking on September 8 at an average of $2.67 a gallon.
The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 26. In Palm Beach County, the average price for regular was $2.62, up from $2.30 a year ago. At $157, on average, that is a 23 percent fare drop year-over-year. Travel by other modes of transportation will increase about 1.2 percent this Thanksgiving in the Great Lake State, with over 45,000 travelers choosing cruises, trains and buses as their mode of travel. Although Idaho gas prices have been among the highest in the country in recent years, a nine-cent increase over the past month brings the US average to within a dime of Idaho pump prices. "However, this year flying for the holiday is not as expensive as other years with average airfares the lowest in five years".