Holiday Travel Filled With Deals

November 26, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
By planes, trains, and automobiles, valley travelers have begun their holiday get-away.This Thanksgiving, there are lots of options to travel and the good news, for the most part, it's a lot cheaper.

The long family road trip; packed into the car with your relatives. No one said it was easy, but at least this year it'll be cheaper; a lot cheaper.

For the first time in more than 3 years, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is under $2 dollars. $1.89 to be exact.

A family leaving Milwaukee, Wisconsin in their minivan and heading to grandma's house in Cincinnati, Ohio for turkey day will spend $63 dollars on gas roundtrip.

Same drive on the Fourth of July would have cost $137 dollars.

Riding the rails has become an increasingly popular way to travel. Amtrak added six additional cars to the San Joaquin service between Bakersfield and Oakland/Sacramento to accommodate the crowds, beginning Wednesday through Sunday, November 30.

The airlines actually expect 10 percent fewer passengers this thanksgiving. But planes will be packed because airlines have trimmed capacity.

Travelers now have to worry about the new checked baggage fees but procrastinators are being rewarded: airfares are suddenly down as much as 25 percent.

This week is typically Amtrak's busiest travel period of the year, carrying more than 665,000 passenger's last year system wide.

A reminder that rules apply to train travel as well. Reservations are required and there's a limit of two carry-on bags per person and a valid photo id is required when picking up tickets.



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