According to CBS News on Saturday, more people will be traveling this Labor Day holiday weekend which AAA officially defines as starting Thursday, Aug. 28 through Monday, Sept. 1. Millions across the country are gearing up to take advantage of the end of summer by traveling on the road, on the rails or in the air.
Travel is only up 1.3 percent, but it’s producing a number of travelers we haven’t seen in some time. More people are heading out this upcoming holiday weekend. More than 35 million are expected to travel 50 miles or more.
Christine Delise of AAA Mid-Atlantic says this year's travel will be at the highest level for the Labor Day weekend since 2008. Like the increase of traveling during the Fourth of July and Memorial Day holidays, traveling is slightly up from 2013. About 34.7 million people will travel 50 miles or more over the Labor Day weekend. This is a 1.3 percent increase over last year. According to a report, the breakdown it about 29 million people going by car and nearly 3 million or more traveling by air.
The auto club credits the increase in traveling to the economy bouncing back, and people can afford to travel. Because of a stronger economy, AAA says more Americans are feeling more comfortable about using their credit cards to pay for holiday weekend travel and activities. Also, the holiday is coming earlier on the calendar this year, and the nation is seeing the lowest gas prices in August since 2010. These gas prices will more than likely continue to drop into the fall.
USA reports that almost 86% of Labor Day travelers will probably go by car. Gas is currently averaging $3.44 a gallon vs. $3.59 on Labor Day 2013. While travelers will pay less for gas, they should expect to pay more for your hotel which is expected to be about a six percent to nine percent increase all because of higher demand.
The cost of renting a car over the holiday weekend is the same as last year, averaging $51 a day. Flying will cost slightly more, with the average discounted round-trip fare for the 40 most popular domestic routes increasing 2% over last year, from $214 to $219.
The peak times of holiday travel this year are Friday afternoon and Monday. To avoid the heaviest traffic, try to leave on Thursday and return on a Tuesday, if possible. Whether you drive or fly, remember to be safe over the Labor Day weekend.