Fewer Will Travel for Thanksgiving: AAA

600K more expected to stay home, first decline in 6 years
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Nov 19, 2008 3:33 PM CST
Air travel is 10% pricier this year.   (AP Photo/Mike Derer, file)
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(Newser) – An estimated 600,000 Americans will forego the 50-plus miles of travel they made last year to celebrate Thanksgiving, AAA predicts. The dip is the first in 6 years, but the fourth consecutive for general holiday travel. Despite cheaper gas, fewer people will drive cars this year, opting for more-economical trains or buses instead, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

The economy presents “real challenges for some Americans looking to travel,” says a spokeswoman. Airfare is up 8% this year, and car rental 4% more expensive. Hotel prices are the only good news, down 10% from last year’s busier season.