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AAA: Nearly 3 million Virginians Will Spend More, Travel Further for Holidays

Dec. 19, 2013

AAA projects more than 2.7 million Virginians will be traveling for the 2013 year-end holiday season, which they say runs from December 21 to January 1.

The auto club is predicting people in the Commonwealth will travel an average of 965 miles to celebrate with friends and family as compared to 765 miles last year.

Additionally, spending is up by five percent as Virginians will spend $842 this year versus $801 last year.

“Gas prices will clearly not impact holiday travel plans as nine out of ten Virginia travelers will drive nearly a thousand miles for upcoming holiday celebrations,” said Martha Mitchell Meade, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Over 2.4 million Virginians, or 91 percent of holiday travelers, will choose to drive to their holiday celebrations. Gas prices in Virginia today average $3.14, three cents higher than the average last year.

Air travel in Virginia will decrease by 1.6%, as just over 150,000 holiday travelers will take to the skies. Those traveling by air will find lower airfares according to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index. During Christmas week the average lowest round-trip rate is $199 for the top 40 U.S. air routes compared to $204 last year.


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