AAA expects a busy travel week in Idaho for Thanksgiving

Kansas City International Airport expects to see nearly 500,000 travelers

AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase from past year.

'Thanksgiving has historically been one of the busiest holidays for road trips, and this year we could see record-level travel delays, ' Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at Seattle-based INRIX, says via AAA's report.

Nationwide they expect nearly 51 million people to travel.

With the U.S. economy expected to expand to 2.7 per cent in the fourth quarter, according to Bloomberg News, and unemployment at 4.1 per cent, its lowest level since 2000, more Americans will be traveling.

- AAA is predicting this Thanksgiving travel period will the busiest in a dozen years as the strong economy and high consumer confidence is encouraging people to venture from home.

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26. TSA is now checking cosmetic and toiletry items in carry-on bags, so have those items handy.

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The company is projecting that 265,000 Idahoans will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. But average airfares on the most popular routes within the US will be the lowest in five years, the group says.

However, the average rate for two-diamond hotels dropped by five percent to Dollars 117.

But the daily auto rental average charge of $70 is 34 percent higher than last year's figure and the highest Thanksgiving weekend rate since 2013.

Travelers can expect to pay more for gasoline than years past, but less for airfare. The increase in rates may be attributed to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles in the fleets with added features and benefits. The overall increase is 3.3 percent.

The auto club said the average price of hotels, rated by AAA as three-diamond, increased by 14 percent to United States dollars 176 a night.

Many travelers will seek theme-park and warm-weather destinations this Thanksgiving. Compared to previous years, New York City, Las Vegas and San Francisco are gaining popularity as holiday spots.

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