Memorial Day Travel by the Numbers

Experts compare travel figures to 2012

Phoenix. May 24, 2013. More than 701,000 Arizonans will be taking trips this weekend to celebrate Memorial Day, says AAA.

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


Travel Statistics




Arizona’s average fuel price



-8 percent

National average fuel price



-0.7 percent

Total Arizona travelers (all modes)



-0.4 percent

Total U.S. travelers (all modes)

34.8 million

35.1 million

-0.9 percent

Arizona auto travelers



+0.4 percent

U.S. auto travelers

31.2 million

31.1 million

+0.25 percent

Arizona air travelers



-6.3 percent

U.S. air travelers

2.3 million

2.5 million

-8.2 percent

Average AAA Three Diamond hotel rate (nationwide)



+4 percent

Average rental car rate (nationwide)



+19 percent


Before hitting the road this holiday, travelers should download the AAA Mobile app. The app uses GPS to help travelers map routes, find discounts and summon roadside assistance. Travelers can also use the app find current gas prices AAA Approved lodgings and more. Travelers can learn more about this resource at

AAA’s Memorial Day travel projections are derived from IHS Global Insight. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as trips that include travel of 50 miles or more from Thursday, May 23 to Monday, May 27. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades.

AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance travel and auto 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 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.