Adding to that confidence, he said, are gas prices.
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“While gas prices are certainly not as low as last year, they are much lower than they were in 2015,” he said. Even if they creep up “I don’t think it’s going to increase enough for people to change their plans.”
Here’s the bad news: airfares, car rental rates and mid-range hotels will probably cost you more this year.
Average airfares for the top 40 domestic flight routes will be 9 percent higher this Memorial Day, with an average round trip ticket landing at $181, according to AAA's Leisure Travel Index.
Need a room? Plan to dig deeper. The average AAA Three Diamond Rated hotel will cost roughly $215, or 18 percent more than 2016.
The top U.S. destination is Orlando.
AAA expects to help more than 330,000 motorists during the holiday weekend, with the main reasons being lockouts, flat tires and battery-related issues.