Just under 4 million USA travelers will fly this year, an increase of almost 5 percent and the largest number since 2007. Most of those travelers - 89 percent - will take a road trip.
The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26.
AAA expects the four-day holiday to be the busiest in more than 10 years, with an estimated 50.9 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more. "A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes, driving up the confidence in consumers who are more willing to spend on travel this year".
In Massachusetts, more than 1.1 million people expect to travel over Thanksgiving, and more than 975,000 of them will go by vehicle, AAA said. That is the highest number of travelers since 2005, and it's up 3.3 percent from last Thanksgiving. Travel by trains and other modes (including buses and cruises) is expected to increase 1.1 percent to 1.48 million travelers.
That is a three-percent increase from previous year.
But many holiday travellers are heading out a day earlier.
Motorists should see some relief at the pump before the holiday. Another 429,000 Southern Californians are expected to go by air, which is an increase of 5.4 percent from the 2016 holiday's 407,000 plane travelers.More news: Government sabotaging its own Brexit negotiations with new law, MPs warn
The travel surge is being chalked up to a good economy and moderate gas prices.
But some of the savings will be lost when renting a vehicle. The average price increased by 14 percent to $176/night.
AAA said more Americans will also fly this Thanksgiving.
Springfield averages $2.54 a gallon, according to AAA. AAA recommends motorists have their vehicles inspected by a trusted fix shop, such as one of the more than 7,000 AAA Approved Auto fix facilities across North America.
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Traffic converges on highway I-495 South just west of the nation's capital on one of the busiest travel days of the year November 23, 2011 in McLean, Virginia.
Of course, saving money is key when traveling during the holidays. The complete AAA/IHS Markit 2017 Thanksgiving holiday travel forecast is available here.