Year-End Travel by the Numbers


Phoenix. Dec. 21, 2012. Beginning tomorrow, AAA projects nearly 1.9 Arizonans will head over the river and through the woods to celebrate the Year-End holidays (Saturday, Dec. 22 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013), according to AAA’s annual travel forecast. 

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


Travel Statistics




Arizona’s average fuel price



-1.6 percent

Total Arizona travelers (all modes)

1.8 million

1.9 million

+1.2 percent

Total U.S. travelers (all modes)

91.7 million

93.2 million

+1.6 percent

Arizona auto travelers

1.6 million

1.7 million

+0.9 percent

Arizona air travelers



+3.8 percent

Average AAA Three Diamond hotel rate (nationwide)



+2 percent

Arizona average miles traveled



+8 percent

Arizona median spending



-10 percent


Year-End travel projections are derived from IHS Global Insight, which conducts special research for AAA. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades.


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.