SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If you are planning to hit the road this Labor Day weekend, chances are that your neighbor is too.
AAA Auto Club is predicting that more people will be traveling away from home this Labor Day weekend than in the last six years. It is expected that there will be more than 35 million people traveling either by car or by plane, and 875,822 will be Massachusetts residents.
Of those who are traveling, 86% of people will be on the road to get to their destinations. This is most likely because of cheaper gas prices this summer compared to last summer.
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Most people hitting the roads will be driving 50 miles or more to their destination.
For those who are renting a car, the daily rental fare should remain consistent at around $51 per day.
Airfare and hotel costs, however, are on the rise. According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, hotel rates for AAA Three Diamond lodgings are expected to increase 6% for last year with travelers spending an average of $171 per night compared to $161 last year. the average cost for AAA Two Diamond hotels has gone up 9% with an average cost of $125 per night.
AAA says that more people are traveling this weekend than before because more people have been able to find work this year and are choosing to celebrate the holiday. Consumer spending is also rising, and more people feel comfortable with the amount of disposable income they have.