MINNEAPOLIS (May 25, 2016) – AAA projects more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. Spurred by the lowest gas prices in more than a decade, about 700,000 more people will travel compared to last year. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 26 to Monday, May 30.
“The great American road trip is officially back thanks to low gas prices, and millions of people from coast to coast are ready to kick off summer with a Memorial Day getaway,” said Marshall Doney, AAA President and CEO.
“While many families head out to the lakes, lots of travelers are flying to spend time on the beach in Florida and California, or ‘Finding their Park’ in Wyoming and Arizona. People have been eager for a chance to get away. We’re going to see a lot of movement this Memorial Day,” said Linda Snyder, VP of Travel for AAA Minneapolis. Linda has worked in the travel industry since 1979.
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Low gas prices driving increase in auto travel this Memorial Day
Nearly 34 million (89 percent) holiday travelers will drive to their Memorial Day destinations, an increase of 2.1 percent over last year as a result of lower gas prices. Air travel is expected to increase 1.6 percent over last year, with 2.6 million Americans taking to the skies this Memorial Day. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will fall 2.3 percent, to 1.6 million travelers.
Lowest Memorial Day gas prices in 11 years expected
The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Minnesota today is $2.27, 33 cents less than last year. AAA expects most U.S. drivers will pay the lowest Memorial Day gas prices since 2005. According to a recent AAA survey, 55 percent of Americans say they are more likely to take a road trip this year due to lower gas prices.