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AAA: Four Million Texans Expected to Travel over Thanksgiving Weekend

This year’s travel volume will be 2% higher than last year, third highest in U.S. since 2001

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AAA Texas predicts 4 million Texans will travel during the Thanksgiving holiday period this year – a 2% increase from last year’s number of travelers and a 4% decrease from 2019, the last Thanksgiving holiday before the pandemic. Across the nation, AAA is projecting this Thanksgiving to be the third busiest on record, with 55.4 million travelers expected compared to 58.6 million in 2005 and 56 million in 2019.


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The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as the five days from Wednesday, November 22 to Sunday, November 26.

By the Numbers

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“Thanksgiving is one of the more popular holidays for people to travel to see family and friends so they can take part in annual traditions like turkey dinners and Black Friday shopping,” said Galen Grillo, Vice President and General Manger for AAA Texas. “Travel demand has been strong all year, and AAA’s Thanksgiving travel forecast reflects people’s ongoing desire to get away and spend time with their loved ones.”

Top Destinations

Warm weather destinations, theme parks, and cruise port cities will be among the most popular destinations this holiday season. Nationally, AAA expects Florida cities, New York City, and Hawaii to be among the top U.S. destinations and internationally, some top destinations will include Cancun, Punta Cana, and European cities like Rome, Paris and London.

Gas Prices

Texans who drive to their holiday destinations will be getting some relief at the pump compared to last year when filling up for their getaways. Gas prices are averaging about 30 cents a gallon less than this time last year and have been continuously dropping since October, with most local metro areas averaging less than $3.00 a gallon. To find the cheapest gas prices closest to your location, use the AAA Mobile app, and visit to find the average gas prices at your destination or calculate the estimated gas cost for your Thanksgiving trip.

Travel Tips

  • If traveling by automobile, make sure your vehicle maintenance is up-to-date and your tires and battery are in good condition. AAA expects to respond to more than 20,000 calls for help in Texas over the Thanksgiving weekend.   If you need some help getting your vehicle road trip ready, visit to find a reputable AAA-Approved Auto Repair facility near you.

  • Air travelers should plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours before  domestic flights and three hours ahead of time for international departures. AAA Texas recommends people who drive themselves ot the airport to reserve a parking space to make sure you have one, download your airline’s app and check-in for your flight at home to avoid long lines at kiosks in the terminal.

Busy Roads

INRIX, a provider of transportation data and insights, expects Wednesday, November 22, to be the busiest day on the roads during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, with average travel times as high as 80% over normal in some metro areas. INRIX recommends leaving in the morning or after 6 p.m. to avoid the heaviest holiday congestion. Drivers can expect extra congestion as well Sunday afternoon, with I-10 East from San Antonio to Houston anticipated to be one of the busiest stretches of roadway in the state.

About AAA

Started in 1902 by automotive enthusiasts who wanted to chart a path for better roads in America and advocate for safe mobility, AAA has transformed into one of North America’s largest membership organizations. Today, AAA provides roadside assistance, travel, discounts, financial and insurance services to enhance the life journey of 64 million members across North America, including 57 million in the United States. To learn more about all AAA has to offer or to become a member, visit


Founded in 2004, INRIX pioneered intelligent mobility solutions by transforming big data from connected devices and vehicles into mobility insights. This revolutionary approach enabled INRIX to become one of the leading providers of data and analytics into how people move. By empowering cities, businesses, and people with valuable insights, INRIX is helping to make the world smarter, safer, and greener. With partners and solutions spanning across the entire mobility ecosystem, INRIX is uniquely positioned at the intersection of technology and transportation – whether it’s keeping road users safe, improving traffic signal timing to reduce delay and greenhouse gasses, optimizing last mile delivery, or helping uncover market insights. Learn more at

Media Contacts

Daniel Armbruster
Public Affairs , (Dallas)

Doug Shupe
Public Affairs (Houston)

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