AAA projects nearly 43 million Americans will travel this July 4th holiday

In what is described as the highest July 4 travel volume on record, Independence Day travel will explode as AAA projects nearly 43 million Americans nationally will travel between Thursday, June 30 and Monday, July 4.

Closer to home, we’ll also see busy roads this holiday in New England with nearly 2 million or 86% of regional travelers planning to a drive vacation. This regional numbers represents a 1.5% change from last year.

According to AAA’s annual July 4th annual holiday survey, of the overall 43 million travelers, a 1.3% increase over last year,

  • 84.6% or 36 million travelers will drive to an Independence Day destination, a 1.2% increase over last year;
  • 7.8% or 3.3 million will take to the skies, a 2.2% increase over last year; and
  • 7.6% or 3.3 million will take some other mode of transportation such as cruises, trains or buses.

What’s spurring Americans to travel this holiday? The lowest gas prices since 2005 are motivating millions to hit the road and fly the skies this holiday.

The national average price for a gallon of gas today (June 27) is $2.31, 47 cents less than a year ago; while in Connecticut, where prices are usually higher than the national average, we’re seeing a statewide average of $2.44, 51 cents lower than this time last year.

According to AAA travel research, so far this year, US drivers nationally have saved about $20 billion on gasoline compared to the same period in 2015, which has made travel much more affordable than in recent years. Couple the gas savings with a greater consumer confidence and greater economic activity, the nation is experiencing positive travel trends.

Starting with Memorial Day, travel has been on the uptick nationally, a welcome change for the travel industry that has been pummeled by a variety of factors over the last decade. The fact that AAA’s Holiday Cruise bookings nationally shows a 35% increase this year compared to last year’s Independence Day holiday is positive news to the industry.

According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, average airfares for the top 40 domestic flight routes also will be 9% less this Independence Day, with an average roundtrip ticket costing $207.

Hotel costs have fallen slightly too with AAA Three Diamond Rated hotels averaging $185, and AAA Two Diamond Rated hotels averaging $144 nightly.

However, daily car rental rates will average $75, 6% more than last year.  

AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 62 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York providing more than 2 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.

In what is described as the highest July 4 travel volume on record, Independence Day travel will explode as AAA projects nearly 43 million Americans nationally will travel between Thursday, June 30 and Monday, July 4.

Closer to home, we’ll also see busy roads this holiday in New England with nearly 2 million or 86% of regional travelers planning to a drive vacation. This regional numbers represents a 1.5% change from last year.

According to AAA’s annual July 4th annual holiday survey, of the overall 43 million travelers, a 1.3% increase over last year,

  • 84.6% or 36 million travelers will drive to an Independence Day destination, a 1.2% increase over last year;
  • 7.8% or 3.3 million will take to the skies, a 2.2% increase over last year; and
  • 7.6% or 3.3 million will take some other mode of transportation such as cruises, trains or buses.

What’s spurring Americans to travel this holiday? The lowest gas prices since 2005 are motivating millions to hit the road and fly the skies this holiday.

The national average price for a gallon of gas today (June 27) is $2.31, 47 cents less than a year ago; while in Connecticut, where prices are usually higher than the national average, we’re seeing a statewide average of $2.44, 51 cents lower than this time last year.

According to AAA travel research, so far this year, US drivers nationally have saved about $20 billion on gasoline compared to the same period in 2015, which has made travel much more affordable than in recent years. Couple the gas savings with a greater consumer confidence and greater economic activity, the nation is experiencing positive travel trends.

Starting with Memorial Day, travel has been on the uptick nationally, a welcome change for the travel industry that has been pummeled by a variety of factors over the last decade. The fact that AAA’s Holiday Cruise bookings nationally shows a 35% increase this year compared to last year’s Independence Day holiday is positive news to the industry.

According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, average airfares for the top 40 domestic flight routes also will be 9% less this Independence Day, with an average roundtrip ticket costing $207.

Hotel costs have fallen slightly too with AAA Three Diamond Rated hotels averaging $185, and AAA Two Diamond Rated hotels averaging $144 nightly.

However, daily car rental rates will average $75, 6% more than last year.  

AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 62 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York providing more than 2 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.

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