Thanksgiving travel savings tips

November 19, 2012 12:55:25 AM PST
We are days away from Thanksgiving and many people will be heading out on the roads to fly, drive or ride their way home for the holiday.

Many are gearing up for their big travel plans. AAA says more than 43 million people will travel this holiday weekend. That's an increase of 0.7 percent over last year. This marks the fourth consecutive year of growing holiday travelers since 2008 when Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent.

If you're looking to fly there is still time to buy tickets. You can save by getting a connected flight, which means booking at nearby airports instead of major airports. You can also save the most by booking the earliest flight of the day.

Another way to save is to fly on Thanksgiving. "If you can fly on the actual holiday that's when you're going to find the absolute cheapest prices. Now it's not ideal for everyone and you might get to grandma's house a little bit later than you planned on, but you're probably going to get a great price and there's probably going to be few lines at the airport. You're going to see everyone in a great mood and maybe even have an empty seat next to you," said Genevieve Brown, ABC News Travel Editor.

Automobile travel remains the dominant mode of transportation, and a majority of people will travel 50 miles or more from home. The average retail gasoline prices in Fresno have fallen 6.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.66 per gallon on Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43 a gallon.

While gasoline prices have dropped in the last month and a half, the national average will still come close to breaking a record- the highest ever national average for Thanksgiving according to gasbuddy.com.

Wednesday before the holiday is expected to be busiest travel day, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to destination.


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