Trump Economy Pushes Record 55 Million Americans to Travel for Thanksgiving


Turkey Day is upon us, America.  It is time once again to don our loosest-fitting pants and dive fork-first into a smorgasbord of tradition and thanks.

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the “giving” season, in more ways than one.  Not only will Americans find themselves continuing to work on their Christmas gift-giving skills, but they will also be sitting around the table with the people who are most important in their lives.  That’s something that we can all be thankful for, as cheesy as that sounds.

But what’s so special about Thanksgiving in 2019 isn’t just that we have another year worth of experiences to congratulate one another on, but that our economy is roaring so loudly that a record number of Americans are able to travel to spend time with loved ones.

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This Thanksgiving will see some 55 million Americans traveling more than 50 miles over the holiday weekend, a 2.9 percent increase from last year and the second highest number of holiday travelers since AAA Travel started tracking in 2000, with the largest number recorded in 2005.

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AAA Travel also reported on data from INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, which said the worst time to travel by car is Wednesday afternoon, with trips taking as much as four times longer than normal.

The math was magnificent.

Here’s AAA Travel’s Thanksgiving travel by the numbers:

  • Automobiles: 49.3 million travelers will hit the road this Thanksgiving, the most since 2005 and 2.8% more than last year.
  • Planes: With 4.6% growth, air travel will see the biggest increase in travel volume during the Thanksgiving holiday, with 4.45 million Americans expected to fly.
  • Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships: Travel by other modes will reach 1.49 million, a slight increase of 1.4% from 2018.

AAA also reported on lower gas prices and the number of people who will require roadside assistance while traveling:

Gas prices have been fluctuating as of late, but are currently cheaper than the national average at this time last year, giving Americans a little extra money to spend on travel and motivating millions to take road trips. For the majority of Americans, AAA expects gas prices to be fairly similar to last year’s Thanksgiving holiday, which averaged $2.57.

The American economy has been on a tear over the course of the Trump presidency, as the CEO-in-Chief continues to bring his boardroom experience to the West Wing in a big way.

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