AAA: If you’re traveling for Thanksgiving here’s what you should know


Many of us have been waiting for Thanksgiving dinner and some holiday football all year, and you might have to wait a little longer for it.

That’s because AAA predicts this Thanksgiving will see the highest travel volume since 2005. More than 54 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home during Thanksgiving week, with the biggest impact expected to be on our roads. 

The travel group estimates more than 48 million holiday travelers will be behind the wheel.

One woman who won’t be leaving Massachusetts told 22News the congestion on the roads makes it hard to prepare for Thanksgiving. 

“I try to prepare really early in advance, I’m just going to be going to Ludlow,” said Donna Buoniconti. “I do have friends that are going to be traveling, and I think they’re leaving by Tuesday or Wednesday.”

Locally, Boston and New York make the list for Americas largest cities expected to see major holiday delays. If you’re traveling the Tuesday before Thanksgiving between the hours of 4 and 8:00 p.m. to these locations, you can expect almost 4 times the normal drive time.

AAA also says nearly 6 million holidays travelers will also hit the air, rails, and seas to get to their destination.

If you haven’t booked your flight for Thanksgiving yet you might still have time. But according to CNBC, Thanksgiving flight prices are roughly 9 percent more expensive right now than they were a year ago. 

Data shows that flight prices start to spike by $5 per day in the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.

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