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Holiday Travel to Hit Six-year High, AAA Says

Dec 14, 2012

Ron Southwick

Holiday Travel

If you're traveling during the holiday season, expect to see more people on the road and at the airport.

Holiday travel is poised to reach a six-year high, according to AAA. More than 93 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles, a 1.6-percent increase over last year, AAA says.

Almost everyone -- 84.4 million -- will be driving. Another 5.6 million will be flying, a 4.5-percent increase, AAA says.

Here's what you can expect to pay if you're hitting the road.

Gas prices: Prices are expected to keep dropping, AAA says. Expect prices to be between $3.20 and $3.40 by New Year's Day, AAA says. Prices have dropped about 50 cents since September, according to AAA and GasBuddy. But prices remain at record highs for this time of year. Shameless plug: PennLive can help you find the best price.

Flying: Airfares are cheaper, according to AAA. The average round-trip rate among the top 40 domestic routes is $203, a 3-percent drop from last year.

Car rentals: If you have to rent a car, it's probably going to cost a lot more than it did last year, AAA says. The average daily car rental rate is $56, a 41-percent increase compared to a year ago.

Hotels: Rates for hotels are 2-3 percent higher than a year ago, AAA says.

Source: (c)2012 The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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