Thanksgiving travelers faced major price hurdles this holiday.
Decades of inflation, coupled with an ongoing travel recovery due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are driving higher prices for almost everything travel-related, including plane tickets, hotels and gas. Inflation cooled slightly in October but still reached 7.7%.
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The median fare for a domestic round-trip flight during Thanksgiving week was $468 when booked in early November, with prices only increasing throughout the month, according to Kayak. That’s a 48% increase from 2021. And another headache: United Airlines expects the holiday to be its busiest time since the pandemic began.
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Things don’t get any better once travelers reach their destination either. The average Thanksgiving hotel stay was $173 per night in early November — a 14% year-over-year increase, according to Hopper.
At least rental car prices are down slightly year-over-year — to $84 a day for Thanksgiving, which Priceline says reflects a 1% decline from 2021, when demand far outstripped supply. But that price is still 62% higher than what a rental car cost before the pandemic.
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However, most travelers are expected to arrive by car, with AAA forecasting nearly 49 million will take to the streets.
Gas prices have increased slightly since last year. A standard gallon averaged $3.64 Tuesday — up about 24 cents from 2021 but well below the summer high of $5, according to AAA.
Overall, AAA forecasts there will be nearly 55 million travelers this Thanksgiving — nearly 98% of pre-pandemic volume and the third largest since 2000, when the group began collecting the data.