AAA: Labor Day travel expected to increase by 10 percent

Aug. 31, 2010

August 31, 2010—The earlier Labor Day falls in September, the more people tend to travel. And with this year’s holiday falling between Sept. 2 and Sept. 6, AAA predicts travel will increase 9.9 percent over last year.

In addition to the travel increase, 91 percent of Americans are expected to drive to their vacation spots, which is an increase of 10.3 percent from last year. Those driving can expect to pay between $2.65 and $2.75 per gallon for regular gasoline during the holiday weekend, according to AAA. However, the average distance traveled is expected to decrease from 645 miles to 635 miles.

“While media reports on the state of the U.S. economy are mixed, many Americans are still interested in taking one more trip as the summer travel season comes to a close,” said Glen MacDonell, director of AAA Travel Services. “It is encouraging to see more Americans planning to travel to visit family, friends and exciting vacation destinations.”

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