Labor Day Travel by the Numbers

AAA breaks down travel statistics compared to Labor Day 2011

 

Phoenix. August 31, 2012. According to AAA’s annual Labor Day forecast, 674,000 Arizonans will be taking to the roads and skies this week to celebrate the end of summer.
 

The following table compares state and nationwide travel information for the upcoming holiday compared to last year:
 

Travel Statistics

2012

2011

Difference

Total Arizona travelers (all modes)

674,000

652,000

+3.4%

Total U.S. travelers (all modes)

33 million

32.1 million

+2.9%

Arizona auto travelers

564,000

544,000

+3.6%

U.S. auto travelers

28.2 million

27.3 million

+3.1%

Arizona air travelers

57,000

55,000

+4.2%

U.S. air travelers

2.5 million

2.4 million

+3.7%

Average Three Diamond hotel rate (nationwide)

$154

$148

+4%

Average rental car rate (nationwide)

$39

$43

-10%

Arizona median spending

$596

$694

-14%

National median spending

$749

$702

+6.7%

Arizona’s average fuel price

$3.642

$3.374

+7.9%

National average fuel price

$3.829

$3.617

+5.8%

 

Before taking to the road or sky this weekend, AAA encourages travelers to download the auto club’s free mobile apps. AAA apps for iPhone and Android devices use GPS navigation to help travelers map a route, locate nearby member discounts and find current gas prices. Travelers can learn about AAA apps and AAA Mobile Web at AAA.com/mobile.

 

Research for Labor Day travel projections are derived from IHS Global Insight, which conducts special research for AAA. The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as trips that include travel of 50 miles or more during the five-day period from Thursday, Aug. 30, to Monday, Sept. 3. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades.

 

AAA is the largest leisure travel agency in North America. For more information, visit http://www.az.aaa.com/travel.

 

AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.