AAA projects 93.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays, an increase of 1.6 percent over the 91.8 million people who traveled last year. This increase brings holiday travel figures to within half a million of the decade high mark seen during the 2006/2007 season. The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Saturday, Dec. 22 to Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
Highlights from AAA 2012/13 Year-End Holiday Travel Forecast include:
Year-end holiday travelers to total 93.3 million, an increase of 1.6 percent from the 91.8 million that traveled last yearNinety percent of travelers (84.4 million) to travel by automobile, representing 26.7 percent of the total U.S. populationHoliday air travel expected to increase 4.5 percent to 5.6 million travelers from 5.4 million in 2011Median spending expected to increase almost six percent to $759, compared to $718 in 2011 with transportation costs consuming about 29 cents of every travel dollar.Average distance traveled to increase to 760 miles round-trip from 726 miles, an expected result with an increase in air travelersTravel volumes for the year-end holidays are generally very stable, only once in the past decade has there been a change in travel volume greater than five percent