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AAA's 2022 Thanksgiving Travel Forecast

| Nov 18, 2022

The holiday season is picking up with Thanksgiving less than a week away. Many Americans are expected to hit the roads, catch a flight, and travel all over the country this holiday weekend.  AAA predicts 54.6 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving. That’s a 1.5% increase over 2021 and 98% of pre-pandemic volumes. This year is projected to be the third busiest for Thanksgiving travel since AAA started tracking in 2000.

“Families and friends are eager to spend time together this Thanksgiving, one of the busiest for travel in the past two decades,” says Paula Twidale, AAA’s Senior Vice President of Travel. “Plan ahead and pack your patience, whether you’re driving or flying.”

Americans are also ramping up travel by other modes of transportation. More than 1.4 million travelers are going out of town for Thanksgiving by bus, train, or cruise ship. That’s an increase of 23% from 2021 and 96% of the 2019 volume. Additionally, AAA has compiled a list of the top domestic destinations based on flight, hotel, and rental car bookings for Thanksgiving week. This year’s top destinations are:

  1. Orlando, FL

  2. Anaheim, CA

  3. Las Vegas, NV

  4. New York, NY

  5. Atlanta, GA

  6. Phoenix, AZ

  7. Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

  8. Denver, CO

  9. Chicago, IL

  10. Charlotte, NC

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