Labor Day travelers hit the road

(NBC News) Americans are hitting the roads to take full advantage of the last long weekend of summer, and by all accounts the roads will be busy.

For the fourth straight year, more Labor Day travel is expected, mainly by car, because gas prices are so low.

Consumers are paying on average 84 cents less for a gallon than they did last labor day, a trend experts say could continue well beyond the holiday weekend.

“If gas prices drop under $2 by Christmas, it will be the first time since the recession,” notes’s Patrick DeHaan.

And gas isn’t the only travel cost on the decline.

“Prices are down year over year,” says’s Jeanenne Tornatore. “Air fare is down 11% compared to Labor Day weekend 2014, while hotel rates remain relatively flat.”

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