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Labor Day Weekend Travel Expected To Rise This Year

Triple A officials predict a 3 percent increase over last year in California. Are you heading out of town?

More people are expected to end their summer with a trip out of town, despite high gas prices.

Officials at the California State Automobile Association are predicting 3.7 million Californians will travel 50 miles or farther this Labor Day weekend.

That's a 3.4 percent increase over the holiday weekend a year ago.

Of those traveling, 2.9 million Californians are expected to drive. That's a 3.6 percent increase over a year ago.

More than 490,000 Californians will fly, a 4.1 percent increase. About 300,000 are expected to use other modes of transportation, including trains, buses and boats. That's about the same as last year.

“While many Californians are still caught in a fragile state of economic affairs, they are willing to travel but will be cutting back on other expenses,” said AAA Northern California spokesperson Cynthia Harris. “Those surveyed expect to cut back on shopping, take a shorter trip, travel by an alternative mode of transportation and stay with family and friends to avoid higher expenditures over the holiday weekend.”

Air fares are expected to be 4 percent cheaper than a year ago with an average ticket cost of $197.

However, hotel rates will be 4 percent higher with an average stay at a three-star lodging facility costing $154 per night.

Gas prices are up significantly. In California, the average cost for a gallon of unleaded regular is $4.14. A year ago, it was $3.77.

For a West Coast family, the average trip will be 635 miles with expenditures of $439.

What are you Labor Day weekend plans? Are gas prices keeping you at home? Let us know in the comments.

Jed August 28, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Until the economy "changes" back I "hope" I can deal with the soon-to-be $5/gallon for gas. Many people have cut back their spending out of necessity - but have to have a mental stress relief, so this weekend is the last chance for some. I'm staying home. $4+/gallon for gas is nuts! IF America wakes up and VOTES ACCORDINGLY; the economy will turn around rather quickly right after the election -- it not; it's FOUR MORE years of this misery ... FOUR MORE: ARE YOU INSANE??
Anne Mobley August 28, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Unless people wake up, it will not only be four more years of this misery, it will be a nightmare and far worse than this. That "hope" and "change" didn't work, did it?
Peggy Russell August 28, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I will be off to the Rib Cook off in Sparks NV with my sister and niece to see another sister. oh boy... ribs....
Emily Henry August 28, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I'm heading north to Trinity Lake for a family weekend. It's beautiful up there! But not looking forward to the drive on Friday evening...

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