Impacting Travel

AAA Releases 2020 Thanksgiving Travel Forecast

A new study found that travelers hitting the road during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period will experience less traffic and congestion than in previous years due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

According to AAA Travel, an estimated 50 million Americans would travel by Thanksgiving, but a recent spike in COVID-19 cases and recommendations from government and health officials to stay home are likely to result in an even smaller number of vacation travelers.


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AAA Travel anticipates a drop of at least 10 percent in travel, which would be the largest decline in a year since the Great Recession in 2008. Tourists are also expected to drive shorter distances and reduce the number of days they are away. .

“The wait-and-see travel trend continues to affect final travel decisions, especially for the Thanksgiving holidays,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president, AAA Travel. “The decision to travel is personal. For those considering a trip, the majority will be driving, which provides the flexibility to modify vacation travel plans until the day of departure. “

Even if road trips are the dominant form of travel this Thanksgiving holiday period (95 percent), car travel is projected to decline 4.3 percent to 47.8 million Americans.

Thanksgiving air travel volume is set to drop nearly 50 percent this year as only 2.4 million travelers are expected to fly to their vacation destinations. Travel on other modes, including buses, trains and cruises, is expected to decline by 76 percent, to 353,000 Americans.