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One million more travelers will be taking trips this Thanksgiving, AAA says

One million more travelers will be taking trips this Thanksgiving, AAA says

WATCH  |  This year, AAA expects 48.7 million  travelers to hit the roads and take to the skies during Thanksgiving week.

It's that time of year again. Time to pack up your bags and head out to your Thanksgiving (and Friendsgiving) celebrations.

And consumer confidence is up, meaning more travelers are taking trips.

In fact, one million more Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles for the holiday than last year, according to AAA. A whopping 48.7 million people will be driving or flying between November 23 and 27.

That's the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007.

Traffic travels east on U.S. Route 50, or John Hanson Highway, in Bowie, Md., Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Thanks to low gas prices, a majority of travelers (43.5 million) will be taking road trips.

Most will travel on the tried and true holiday road trip.
AAA CEO Marshall Doney

The national average price per gallon at the pump is hovering near $2.15. According to AAA, that's the cheapest amount since 2008.

"Most will travel on the tried and true holiday road trip, thanks to gas prices," AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney said in a statement.

In this Nov. 29, 2015 file photo, travelers walk to their gates at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Consumer confidence isn't fading when it comes to buying plane tickets either.

While airfare costs are up 21% from last year, according to AAA's Leisure Travel Index, that's not grounding flyers. That increase averages out to $205 roundtrip for the top 40 domestic routes, AAA explains. 

However, 3.69 million people have plans to travel by plane this holiday, which is 1.6% more than usual.

So, where's everyone going?

Top Thanksgiving travel destinations, per AAA (Credit: Circa)

Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego, Orlando and New York City. Those cities saw the most bookings on

Brb, going home to say thanks for an improving economy.

Thanksgiving travel, what are your thoughts on it?

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