AAA: 42 million Americans hit the road for July Fourth getaway

Travel experts say the lowest average airfare is about 14% more expensive this year compared to last year at this time.

News 12 Staff

Jul 1, 2022, 10:03 AM

Updated 686 days ago

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Millions of Americans are hitting the road and taking off for a July Fourth getaway.
Even with the price of everything being sky high, AAA says that will not stop Americans from traveling this Fourth of July weekend, and if you're flying expect busy and packed airports.
AAA officials are predicting 42 million Americans will take a road trip of 50 miles or more this weekend and they say 3.55 million will travel by air.
Travel experts say the lowest average airfare is about 14% more expensive this year compared to last year at this time. And get ready for long wait times at the airport and, unfortunately, there is the chance your flight could be canceled.
After downsizing during the pandemic, flight delays, cancellations and staffing issues have wreaked havoc on the industry. "If you're traveling for the fourth of July expect things to be chaotic and try to hedge your bets," says Willis Orlando, of Scott’s Cheap Flights.
And it's not just travel that's more expensive - your July 4th cookout will likely cost you more with the average cost up 17% this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.


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