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Millions of New Englanders to travel this Thanksgiving holiday

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AAA predicts 46.9 Million Americans to travel this Thanksgiving holiday. (WFSB file) AAA predicts 46.9 Million Americans to travel this Thanksgiving holiday. (WFSB file)
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More than 46 million Americans are expected to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday, according to recent study.

AAA said they are expecting 46.9 million people to travel 50 miles or more for the holiday, which is from Nov. 25 to Nov. 29.  The total number of travelers is up from last year and AAA spokesperson Amy Parmenter said that is the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007.

“More people are traveling and more people are traveling by car. In fact, here in New England we are expecting to see the highest number of travelers in 10 years,” Parmenter said in a statement on Monday.

With 2.07 million people from New England, Parmenter said 1.8 million are expected to travel by car, which is 87 percent of those travelers.

“Travelers have plenty to be thankful for this year as it will cost less to fill up – and less to fly,” Parmenter said.

While hotel and car rentals have “increased modestly,” Parmenter said, but she added that airfares are down 10 percent. The average cost of roundtrip flight is $169, according to Parmenter.

AAA reports gas prices are the lowest since Thanksgiving 2008. Gas prices are around $2.20 in Connecticut and the national average around $2.07, according to GasBuddy.

"Gasoline prices appear ripe to break under the $2 per gallon threshold in the next day or two, something not witnessed since March, 2009," Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst said in a statement on Monday.

DeHaan said the low gas prices will come in handy for the holiday season.

Three main factors are leading to the low levels we're seeing- a seasonal decline in gasoline demand, low and falling oil prices and a refinery maintenance season which is quickly wrapping up," he said.

AAA wanted to remind Thanksgiving travelers to “check the condition of their battery and tires before heading out on a holiday getaway.”

AAA crews respond to more than 360,000 drivers during the Thanksgiving holiday. The top reasons for AAA calls are dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts.

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