A whopping 50.9 million Americans will travel over Thanksgiving--a 3.3 percent increase over 2016 and the most since 2005. According to the AAA, more than 45 million will travel by car between next Wednesday and the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
About four million will fly, a five percent increase from last year. Those traveling by car can expect an expensive road trip; the national average for a gallon of regular is $2.56, up from $2.16 a year ago. Car-rental rates are also higher than last year, and so are many hotel rooms. Meanwhile, average airfares on the most popular routes within the U.S. will be the lowest in five years.