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AAA Hoosier Motor Club projects travel for Fourth of July week

Last Updated 1 week by Amnon J. Jobi | Amnon Front Page

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — AAA Hoosier Motor Club released its anticipated travel projections for the Independence Day holiday period, which spans from Monday to Saturday.

According to AAA and S&P Global Market Intelligence, a record-breaking 70.9 million people are expected to travel during this time, a 5.2% increase from last year and surpassing pre-pandemic levels, AAA Hoosier Motor Club said in a release.

“With a record-breaking number of travelers this holiday season, we are thrilled to provide valuable tips to ensure the smoothest travel experience possible,” said Matt Goins, president & CEO of AAA Hoosier Motor Club. “We understand how stressful traveling can be, and AAA Hoosier Motor Club is committed to making our members’ journeys as seamless as possible.”

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The travel forecast highlights significant increases across various modes of transportation:

  • Driving: A record 60.6 million travelers will hit the road, up 2.8 million from last year and exceeding the 2019 figure of 55.3 million.
  • Flying: Approximately 5.74 million individuals will take to the skies, marking a nearly 7% increase from last year and a 12% rise compared to 2019.
  • Other modes: 4.62 million travelers are expected to use buses, trains, or cruise ships, reflecting a 9% increase from last year.
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AAA’s data also provides insights into travel logistics and costs:

  • Gas Prices: Expected to be lower than last year’s national average of $3.53, with potential fluctuations due to hurricane season impacts on the Gulf Coast.
  • Flight Costs: Domestic airfare is 2% cheaper this year, averaging $800 for a roundtrip ticket, while international flights have seen a 7% increase, averaging $1,440.
  • Accommodations: Domestic and international hotel bookings are up 17% and 14% in cost respectively, with average stays costing approximately $660 and $725.
  • Car Rentals: Domestic rentals have decreased by 16%, averaging $670, while international rentals are down 6%, averaging $940.
  • Cruises: Departures from domestic cities are 24% cheaper, averaging $1,420, and international departures are 6% cheaper, averaging $2,430.
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Travelers are advised to plan ahead, particularly avoiding peak driving times between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and to expect heightened traffic on the Wednesday before July 4, as well as the Sunday and Monday after.