(Coppell, TX) – AAA Texas projects the number of year-end holiday travelers in Texas will reach nearly 8.3 million people. This represents a 1.7 percent increase over last year and the seventh consecutive year of travel growth for this holiday period. The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, December 23, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016.
“The holidays are a time for us to reconnect with friends and family, and the increase in people traveling this holiday season will make for many joyous reunions,” said AAA Texas V.P. of Branch Operations Rhonda Wilson. “Rising incomes and low gas prices are helping to fill stockings this year as well as giving more people additional savings to spend on shopping, dining and accommodations.”
The increase in holiday travel this year is being driven by continued improvement in the labor market, rising incomes and low prices, including gas prices that remain well below last year’s levels. This is helping boost Americans’ disposable income, although some consumers continue to remain cautious about their finances as they head into the holiday season. More than 90 percent of travelers will drive to their holiday destinations.
- Total Texas Travel Volume – 8.3 million Up 1.7%
- Automobile – 7.6 million Up 1.7%
- Air Travel – 382,000 Up 2.2%
- Other Travel (Trains, Buses, Cruise Ships) – 254,000 Up 2.4%
- Total U.S. Travel Volume – 100.5 million Up 1.4%
- Automobile – 91.3 million Up 1.4%
- Air Travel – 5.8 million Up 0.7%
- Other Travel (Trains, Buses, Cruise Ships) - 3.4 million Up 2.4%
Lowest New Year’s gas prices in seven years expected
AAA expects gas prices will continue to move lower through Christmas and that most U.S. drivers will pay the lowest gas prices on New Year’s Day since 2009.
#AAAToTheRescue for nearly 900,000 motorists this holiday season
AAA expects to rescue nearly 900,000 drivers during the 12-day year-end holiday travel period, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, lockouts and flat tires. AAA recommends motorists check the condition of their battery and tires for winter driving before heading out on a holiday getaway. Also, have vehicles inspected by a trusted repair shop, such as one of the nearly 7,000 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities across North America. Members can download the AAA Mobile app, visit AAA.com or call 1-800-AAA-HELP to request roadside assistance.
Download the AAA Mobile app before a year-end holiday getaway
Before setting out on a holiday trip, download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Travelers can use the app to map a route, find lowest gas prices, access exclusive member discounts, make travel arrangements, request AAA roadside assistance, find AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities, locate AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants via TripTik, and more. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 55 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com. For more information about AAA Travel, visit AAA.com/Travel.