Thanksgiving Travel Expected to Increase in 2012

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Thanksgiving Travel Expected to Increase in 2012

November 13, 2012 Updated Nov 13, 2012 at 1:35 PM CDT

(NNCNOW.com) --- More Americans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving holiday.

AAA estimates some 43.6 million people will drive or fly next week. That's up slightly from 2011 and the 4th consecutive increase since 2008.

Gas and lodging is about the same as last year, while airline fares are down and rental car costs are up.

AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet says the factor behind these numbers is due in part to the economy. He says the economy is still a bit sluggish, but there is improvement.

Darbelnet also says that while families are still paying attention to what they are spending, carving the Thanksgiving turkey with family and friends still trumps penny pinching.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns