(Coppell, TX) – AAA Texas forecasts more than 3.2 million people in the Lone Star State will travel this Independence Day weekend which is a 3.2 percent increase in overall travel volume from last year. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Friday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 4. Nationally, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home for the holiday weekend, which is up nearly three percent from last year.
“Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence bode well for the travel industry, in particular this Independence Day weekend,” said Kent Livesay, AAA Texas Vice President and General Manager. “A historic 3.2 million Texans will travel to celebrate our nation’s freedom this year, adding to an already bustling summer travel season.”
By the Numbers: Independence Day Travel Forecast
Travel by automobile will be the primary mode of transportation this 4th of July
- Automobile – 2.7 million Up 3.1%
- Air Travel – 299,000 Up 5.9%
- Other Travel (Trains, Buses, Cruise Ships) – 190,000 Up 0.3%
- Texas Total Travel Volume – 3.2 million Up 3.2%
- Automobile – 37.5 million Up 2.9%
- Air Travel – 3.4 million Up 4.6%
- Other Travel (Trains, Buses, Cruise Ships) – 3.3 million Up 1.4%
- National Total Travel Volume – 44.2 million Up 2.9%
Gas prices not deterring holiday road trippers
Overall, Texas average gas prices are slightly lower than this same time last year. With today’s Texas average price for a gallon of gas at $2.09, prices remain historically low for the summer travel season.
More people will drive, fly and use other modes of travel
The vast majority of travelers—2.7 million Texans—will drive to their Independence Day destinations, an increase of 3.1 percent over last year. Air travel in Texas is expected to increase 5.9 percent over last year, with 299,000 Texans taking to the skies this Independence Day. Travel by other modes of transportation in Texas, including cruises, trains and buses, will increase by 0.3 percent, to more than 190,000 travelers.
Airfares, hotel and car rental rates lower this Independence Day
Travelers can expect lower prices for airfares, car rentals and hotels this Independence Day weekend. According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, average airfares for the top 40 domestic flight routes will be 10 percent lower this year, with an average round trip ticket landing at $186. Daily car rental rates will average $65, which is 14 percent less than last Independence Day. Hotel costs are the same as last year, with the average AAA Three Diamond Rated hotel costing $185 per night.
AAA to rescue more than 338,000 motorists this Independence Day
AAA expects to rescue more than 338,000 motorists across the United States this Independence Day weekend, with the primary reasons being lockouts, flat tires and battery-related issues. AAA recommends motorists take their vehicle to a trusted repair facility to perform any needed maintenance before heading out. Oil changes, fluid level checks, battery tests and tire inspections go a long way toward reducing the chances of a breakdown.
Orlando remains top destination for summer travel
With new attractions debuting at popular theme parks, Orlando claims the number one spot on the list of most-visited locales for 2017 summer travel based on AAA’s summer travel bookings:
- Orlando, Florida
- Vancouver, Canada
- Cancun, Mexico
- Seattle, Washington
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Anaheim, California
- Anchorage, Alaska
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Montego Bay, Jamaica
To help travelers plan their trips to a top 10 destination, AAA’s team of anonymous hotel and restaurant inspectors recently selected a few of their favorite places to stay and dine.
Download the AAA Mobile app before an Independence Day getaway
Before setting out for Independence Day, 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 and more. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.
With the AAA Mobile app, travelers can also find nearly 59,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants. AAA’s is the only rating system that uses full-time, professionally trained evaluators to inspect each property on an annual basis. Every AAA Approved establishment offers the assurance of acceptable cleanliness, comfort and hospitality, and ratings of One to Five Diamonds help travelers find the right match for amenities, budget and services.
About the travel forecast:
AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit. The London-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA/IHS Markit 2017 Independence Day holiday travel forecast is available here.
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