The expected increase still represents 13% — or nearly 6 million — fewer travelers than in 2019. - Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Jim Champion.

The expected increase still represents 13% — or nearly 6 million — fewer travelers than in 2019.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Jim Champion.

AAA Travel expects a significant rebound in the number of Americans planning to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend. From May 27 through May 31, more than 37 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, an increase of 60% from last year when only 23 million traveled, the lowest on record since AAA began recording in 2000.

The expected strong increase in demand from last year’s holiday, which fell during the early phase of the pandemic, still represents 13% — or nearly 6 million — fewer travelers than in 2019. AAA urges those who choose to travel this year to exercise caution and take measures to protect themselves and others as the pandemic continues.

AAA booking data reveal that domestic travel and road trips remain the biggest drivers of travel recovery in the near term. Orlando and Las Vegas are top Memorial Day destinations this year, both for AAA Travel bookings and TripTik road trip searches. 

Some 2.5 million people expected to travel this weekend. Two new budget airlines, Avelo Airlines and Breeze Airways will serve smaller airports and underserved routes.

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