Record holiday travel predicted

Posted at 10:58 AM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 13:58:08-05

This may be a record year for holiday travel.

Starting Thursday, the friendly skies will be getting a little friendlier for the holidays. Airlines are adding more flights, or 143,000 more seats per day, to make room for the 46 million people who are expected to fly for the holidays

That’s the most ever.

As busy it’ll be in the skies, it’ll likely be busier on the roads.

“112 million will be traveling this year,” says AAA’s Tamra Johnson. “That is the highest travel volume for end-of-year travel since AAA’s been tracking it since 2001.”

Many people will be using the holidays to burn unused vacation time at true vacation hot spots.

“Locations like Florida, California, Hawaii, Dominican Republic, as well as Mexico, are on the top ten list,” Johnson says.

Johnson says more Americans have more money to spend because of a stronger economy and because they’re spending less on gas.

AAA says the national gas price average for December is the cheapest it’s been in two years at $2.37.

However, that’s not the case in California.

California’s average right now is $3.40. While that’s 25 cents less than it was a month ago, it’s about 30 cents more than it was at this time last year.

San Luis Obispo County’s average is currently $3.58.

It’s $3.43 in Santa Barbara County.