The number of people in the U.S. that are expected to travel during the memorial day weekend has been increasing. AAA estimates that 39.3 million people will be traveling more than 50 miles for the weekend, which is up 38 million from the year before and the highest number in 12 years.
About nine out of ten people traveling between May 25 and May 29 will drive despite gas prices being up 11 cents per gallon compared to last year at this time. The three million Americans that are planning to fly over the weekend still show a 5.5 percent increase in the number of people choosing to fly.
AAA’s senior vice president of travel and publishing Bill Sutherland released a statement about the trends.
“The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year. Higher confidence has led to more consumer spending, and many Americans are choosing to allocate their extra money on travel this Memorial Day.”