AAA Says Thanksgiving Journey Forecast Up over 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 15, 2022) – AAA predicts 54.6 million individuals will journey 50 miles…

AAA Says Thanksgiving Journey Forecast Up over 2021

AAA Says Thanksgiving Journey Forecast Up over 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 15, 2022) – AAA predicts 54.6 million individuals will journey 50 miles or extra from dwelling this Thanksgiving. That’s a 1.5% enhance over 2021 and 98% of pre-pandemic volumes. This yr is projected to be the third busiest for Thanksgiving journey since AAA began monitoring in 2000*.

“Households and associates are desirous to spend time collectively this Thanksgiving, one of many busiest for journey up to now 20 years,” says Paula Twidale, AAA’s Senior Vice President of Journey. “Plan forward and pack your endurance, whether or not you’re driving or flying.”

Most vacationers will drive to their locations, very like final yr. Practically 49 million persons are anticipated to journey by automobile. Whereas Thanksgiving street journeys have barely risen – up 0.4% from 2021 – automobile journey stays 2.5% beneath 2019 ranges.

Air journey is up almost 8% over 2021, with 4.5 million Individuals flying to their Thanksgiving locations this yr. That’s a rise of greater than 330,000 vacationers and almost 99% of the 2019 quantity. “Airport parking areas refill quick, so reserve a spot forward of time and arrive early,” Twidale suggests. “Anticipate lengthy TSA traces. If attainable, keep away from checking a bag to permit for extra flexibility if flights are delayed or it’s essential to reschedule.”

Individuals are additionally ramping up journey by different modes of transportation. Greater than 1.4 million vacationers are going out of city for Thanksgiving by bus, practice, or cruise ship. That’s a rise of 23% from 2021 and 96% of the 2019 quantity. “With journey restrictions lifted and extra individuals comfy taking public transportation once more, it’s no shock buses, trains, and cruises are coming again in an enormous approach,” Twidale provides. “Whatever the mode of transportation you will have chosen, count on crowds throughout your journey and at your vacation spot. In case your schedule is versatile, think about off-peak journey instances throughout the vacation rush.”

*2005 and 2019 have been the busiest years for Thanksgiving journey, respectively, since AAA began monitoring in 2000. 

2000 Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Forecast Chart

Busiest Corridors and Finest/Worst Occasions to Journey 

INRIX expects extreme congestion in a number of U.S. metro areas, with some drivers experiencing greater than double regular delays. Highways in and round Atlanta, Chicago, New York Metropolis, and Los Angeles would be the busiest. To keep away from probably the most hectic instances, INRIX recommends touring early within the morning on Wednesday or earlier than 11am on Thanksgiving Day and avoiding journey between 4pm-8pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

“Thanksgiving is without doubt one of the busiest holidays for street journeys, and this yr shall be no completely different,” says Bob Pishue, Transportation Analyst, INRIX. “Though journey instances will peak on Wednesday afternoon nationally, vacationers ought to count on a lot heavier than regular congestion all through the vacation weekend. Figuring out when and the place congestion will construct may help drivers keep away from the stress of sitting in visitors.”

Finest & Worst Occasions to Journey (by automobile)

Date Worst journey time Finest journey time
11/23/22 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM Earlier than 8:00 AM, After 8:00 PM
11/24/22 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Earlier than 11:00 AM, After 6:00 PM
11/25/22 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Earlier than 11:00 AM, After 8:00 PM
11/26/22 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Earlier than 2:00 PM, After 8:00 PM
11/27/22 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Earlier than 11:00 AM, After 8:00 PM

Peak Congestion by Metro

Metro Hall Improve Over Typical Visitors Peak Congestion
Atlanta I-85 South; Clairmont Rd  to MLK Jr Dr 105% Wed, 11/23/22 – 1:30-3:30 PM
Boston I-93 South; Albany St to MA-24 53% Wed, 11/23/22 – 2:15-4:15 PM
Chicago I-290 West; Morgan St to Wolf Rd 99% Wed, 11/23/22 – 3:00-5:00 PM
Detroit US-23 North; 8 Mile Rd to Lee Rd 32% Wed, 11/23/22 – 2:00-4:00 PM
Houston I-10 West; Sjolander Rd to TX-330 81% Wed, 11/23/22 – 3:45-5:45 PM
Los Angeles I-5 South; Colorado St to Florence Ave 144% Wed, 11/23/22 – 5:30-7:30 PM
New York I-278 South; I-495 to sixth Ave 158% Wed, 11/23/22 – 2:45-4:45 PM
San Francisco I-80 West; Maritime St to San Pablo Dam Rd 80% Wed, 11/23/22 – 4:00-5:00 PM
Seattle I-5 South;  WA-18 to WA-7 86% Wed, 11/23/22 – 4:15-6:15 PM
Washington DC I-495 Counterclockwise; I-95 to VA-123 85% Solar, 11/27/22 – 11:15 AM-1:15 PM

Anticipated Visitors by Metro & Hall 

Metro Hall Improve over Typical Visitors Day
Atlanta I85 south J91 to J248A 105%

Wednesday, 11/23/22


I75 north J205 to J227 64%
I85 clockwise J29 to J46 61%
I285 anti-clockwise J27 to J10B 56%
US19 north J4B to J10 11%
Boston I93 south J20 to J4 76% Wednesday, 11/23/22
I93 north J23 to J34 53%
I95 south J20B to J10 30%
I90 west J20 to 11A 26%
MA3 J15 North to I93 J23 19%
Chicago I290 west J29B to J16 99% Wednesday, 11/23/22
I290 east J17 to J29B 84%
I94 west J16 to J160 59%
I94 north J68B to J52B 35%
I294 J27B to J17B 14%
Detroit US23 north J53 to J60A 44% Wednesday, 11/23/22
I75 north J59 to J67 33%
I96 north J170 to J162 32%
I94 south J219 to J210 32%
I696 west J10 to J1 30%
Houston I10 west J795 to J787 81% Wednesday, 11/23/22
I69 east J123 to J132B 77%
I610 north J4A to J20 49%
I45 south J51 to J40B 33%
I69 south J136 to J115A 25%
LA I5 south J142 to J124 144% Wednesday, 11/23/22
I405 south J57 to J45 106%
I10 J19 to J38 88%
I405 J50 to I5 87%
I10 east J1B to J16A 86%
New York I278 south J35 to J22 158% Wednesday, 11/23/22
I495 east J13 to J32 97%
Blt Parkway west J17 to J3 77%
Blt Parkway east J3 to J17 66%
I495 west J44 to J16 21%
San Francisco I580 east J34 to J65 83% Wednesday, 11/23/22
I80 north J8A to J18 80%
I80 south J13 to J1A 63% Saturday 26 Nov 2022
I680 north J8 to J50 62% Wednesday, 11/23/22
US101 north J439 to J451 32%
Seattle I5 south J142B to J133 86% Wednesday, 11/23/22
I5 south J182 to J164 62%
I405 south J18 to J6 59%
I405 north J2 to J9 32%
I5 north J168B to J182 30%
Washington DC I95 south J170A to J160 85% Sunday, 11/27/22
I495 anticlockwise J27 to J45 51% Wednesday, 11/23/22
I95 north J170A to J22A 32%
I270 north J1 to J32 32%
I95 south J29B to J15 24%


Vacation Forecast Methodology: A Temporary Overview

Journey Forecast 

In cooperation with AAA, S&P World Market Intelligence developed a novel methodology to forecast precise home journey volumes. The financial variables used to forecast journey for the present vacation are leveraged from S&P World Market Intelligence’s proprietary databases. These knowledge embody macroeconomic drivers equivalent to employment; output; family internet price; asset costs, together with inventory indices; rates of interest; housing market indicators, and variables associated to journey and tourism, together with gasoline costs, airline journey, and lodge stays. AAA and S&P World Market Intelligence have quantified vacation journey volumes going again to 2000.

Historic journey quantity estimates come from DK SHIFFLET’s TRAVEL PERFORMANCE/Monitorsm. The PERFORMANCE/Monitorsm is a complete examine measuring the journey habits of U.S. residents. DK SHIFFLET contacts over 50,000 U.S. households every month to acquire detailed journey knowledge, ensuing within the distinctive capability to estimate customer quantity and spending, determine tendencies and forecast U.S. journey habits—all after the journeys have been taken.

The journey forecast is reported in person-trips. Particularly, AAA and S&P World Market Intelligence forecast the whole U.S. vacation journey quantity and anticipated mode of transportation. The journey forecast offered on this report was ready the week of October 10, 2022.

Thanksgiving Vacation Journey Interval 

For functions of this forecast, the Thanksgiving vacation journey interval is outlined because the five-day interval from Wednesday, November 23 to Sunday, November 27. The Wednesday to Sunday interval is in step with earlier years.

About AAA 

Began in 1902 by automotive lovers who wished to chart a path for higher roads in America and advocate for secure mobility, AAA has reworked into certainly one of North America’s largest membership organizations. In the present day, AAA gives roadside help, journey, reductions, monetary and insurance coverage companies to boost the life journey of 62 million members throughout North America, together with 56 million in the US. To study extra about all AAA has to supply or to turn out to be a member, go to

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About DKSA 

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About INRIX  

Based in 2004, INRIX pioneered clever mobility options by remodeling massive knowledge from related gadgets and autos into mobility insights. This revolutionary method enabled INRIX to turn out to be one of many main suppliers of information and analytics into how individuals transfer. By empowering cities, companies, and folks with helpful insights, INRIX helps to make the world smarter, safer, and greener. With companions and options spanning throughout all the mobility ecosystem, INRIX is uniquely positioned on the intersection of expertise and transportation – whether or not it’s holding street customers secure, bettering visitors sign timing to cut back delay and greenhouse gasses, optimizing final mile supply, or serving to uncover market insights. Be taught extra at