Thanksgiving Travel by the Numbers

Experts compare travel figures to 2012   

Phoenix, Nov. 27, 2013. More than 856,000 Arizonans will be taking trips to visit family and friends this Thanksgiving, according to travel expert AAA.

Weather alert: AAA cautions air travelers to pack patience and check flight status before leaving home, as a nor’easter in the forecast may impact flight schedules across the country. The storm is expected to affect the northeast region from late Tuesday, Nov. 26, through Wednesday, Nov. 27

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

Travel Statistics




Arizona’s average fuel price



-25 cents

National average fuel price



-13.2 cents

Total Arizona travelers (all modes)




Total U.S. travelers (all modes)

43.3 million

44 million


Arizona auto travelers




U.S. auto travelers

38.8 million

39.5 million


Arizona air travelers




U.S. air travelers

3.3 million

3.1 million


Average AAA Three Diamond hotel rate (nationwide)



No Change

Average rental car rate (nationwide)





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 to find current gas prices, AAA Approved lodgings and more. Travelers can learn more about this resource at

AAA’s Thanksgiving travel projections are derived from IHS Global Insight. The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as trips that include travel of 50 miles or more from Wednesday, Nov. 27, to Sunday, Dec. 1. 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.