Thanksgiving Travel And Gas Prices


More Kansans taking to the roads and skies. Motorists facing highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014.

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TOPEKA, Kan. – Nov. 20, 2017 – As Kansans and travelers all across America set out for one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, AAA Kansas provides this snapshot – by the numbers — of some of AAA’s key travel forecast projections and the latest gas prices for Thanksgiving 2017:

Travel Forecast

50.9 million – Number of Americans nationwide who will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year.

1.6 million – Number of additional people nationwide taking to the roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year.

4.1 million – Number of people in the West North Central Region (in which Kansas is included, along with Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska and South Dakota) who will take Thanksgiving weekend trips of 50 miles or longer, a 3 percent increase over 2016 and the largest number of travelers since 2007

2005 – The last year that had a higher Thanksgiving weekend travel volume than 2017.

89 – Percent of all travelers nationally – 45.5 million – who are planning a Thanksgiving driving road trip, an increase of 3.2 percent over last year.

3.95 million – Number of travelers nationwide who will fly to their Thanksgiving destination. With a 5 percent increase over last year, air travel is the mode of travel that will see the largest growth this year.

330,000 – Number of motorists nationwide that AAA expects to rescue with roadside assistance this Thanksgiving weekend, with the primary reasons being lockouts, flat tires and battery-related issues.

1,500 – Number of motorists that AAA Kansas Roadside Assistance expects to rescue during the Thanksgiving 2017 travel weekend.

$157 – Average price for a round-trip flight for the top 40 domestic routes According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index — the lowest average in five years and a 23 percent fare drop from Thanksgiving 2016.

5 – Top 5 destinations for Thanksgiving 2017, according to AAA.com bookings: Orlando, Florida; Anaheim, California; New York City, New York; Honolulu, Hawaii; Las Vegas, Nevada

34 – Percent increase in daily car rental price from this time in 2016. Travelers can expect to spend $70/day, the highest rate for Thanksgiving weekend since 2013.

Gas Prices

2014 – Last year that drivers faced Thanksgiving gas prices as high as this year.

$2.54 – National gas price average as of 11/20/17, two cents less than one week ago and 40 cents more than a year ago.

$2.39 – Average Kansas price for a gallon of gas as of 11/20/17.

8 – Kansas’ rank of states with the largest yearly increase in gas prices as of 11/20/17. Kansas’ average per-gallon price has risen 49 cents in the past year. (See attached infographic.)

$1.90 – Thanksgiving 2016 gas price in Kansas.

$3.21 – Thanksgiving price for a gallon of gas in Kansas in 2012.

13 – Kansas’ rank of states with the lowest gas prices in America as of 11/20/17.

$2.64 – Average gas price in St. Francis, Kan. (Cheyenne County), the highest in the state as of 11/20/17.

66871 – ZIP code of Waverly, Kan. (Coffey County), which boasts Kansas’ lowest average gas price this week at $2.21/gallon.

55 – percent of gas stations across America where motorists can find gas for $2.50/gallon or less.

More detail on this week’s national gas price report is available here. Daily gas price updates for every state in America and key metro areas may be found using AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report at GasPrices.AAA.com.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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