AAA: Labor Day Travel Holds Steady

Despite falling fuel prices, now around $2.79 per gallon, Americans are still concerned about the affordability of travel and so AAA expects travel over the Labor Day holiday weekend to be flat as the number of travelers holds steady from last year.

AAA estimates that 34.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday, almost the exact same number that traveled last Labor Day. Labor Day travel has been sluggish since 2005, when 34.8 million traveled over the holiday weekend. According to the Travel Industry Association (TIA), travelers’ perception of higher costs for fuel, lodging and airfares have resulted in the small growth in Labor Day travelers from 2006.

Approximately 28.9 million travelers (83.5 percent of all holiday travelers) expect to go by motor vehicle, just under the 29 million who drove a year ago.

AAA’s Fuel Cost Calculator helps travelers determine how much their drive trip will cost by factoring in the make and model of their car, and the distance to the final destination.

Comment On This Story

Comment: (Max. 10000 characters)  
Please leave blank:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

Newsletter: Sign up to receive latest news, articles, and much more.

Read the latest

Auto Focus Blog: A blog covering fleets, auto rental and the business of cars

Why Do We Visit Capitol Hill?

Members of the American Car Rental Association met with U.S. senators, representatives, and their aides last week. Here’s why bringing the message to this forum matters.

The Customer Isn’t Always Right

Not caving to a customer with a blatant agenda may have consequences, especially for a small rental company that relies on stellar Yelp ratings to advertise. But business integrity must prevail.

The Truth Behind Compact Van Depreciation

Why are large van values holding up better than their compact counterparts, and will it last?

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.