AAA sees record travel this year for Christmas

AAA projects the number of year-end holiday travelers will top 100 million for the first time on record.

According to Newsroom.AAA.com, nearly one in three Americans will take a trip this holiday season, with 100.5 million expected to journey 50 miles or more from home. This represents a 1.4 percent increase over last year and the seventh consecutive year of year-end holiday travel growth.

“Last year, about 893,000 Oklahomans traveled over the holidays,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “This year, a 1.4 percent increase would mean more than 905,000 of us will be driving or flying. The prospect of lower gasoline prices and better weather is apparently too much for many Oklahomans to resist.”

Oklahoma’s average for regular gas was $1.80 Monday, one of the lowest in the United States, but even cheaper prices are prevalent in many parts of the state. “Tulsa’s average Monday is just $1.71,” Mai said. “FuelGaugeReport.AAA.com shows that the only major cities with lower averages in the nation now are Kansas City and Wichita.”

Most of Oklahoma’s neighbors also have low statewide gas price averages but Colorado is at $1.90 and New Mexico’s average is $1.92. The national average right now is just a hair above $2 and will likely continue to drift lower.