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Have Travel Plans for Thanksgiving? More Than a Third of Americans Do!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is already two weeks away? If you haven’t by now, it’s time to start making plans with friends and family, especially if it requires traveling.

After surveying more than 1,500 U.S. respondents, TripAdvisor announced the results of its Thanksgiving travel survey. Thirty-five percent of travelers are planning to travel this Thanksgiving (up from the 34% who did so last year).

“More than a third of Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving, and for some the journey is as much a part of the tradition as the turkey,” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor. “Even with rising airfares, travelers will find their way to see family and friends for the holiday, whether it’s booking early or driving instead of taking to the skies.”

Check out more of the results:

– Peak Thanksgiving Travel Days

  • 31% – Thanksgiving Day, November 22
  • 28% – Wednesday, November 21
  • 19% – Earlier than Monday, November 19

*Half of travelers will head home on Sunday, November 25 or later.

– Distances Traveled for Thanksgiving

  • 41% – Traveling more than 500 miles
  • 26% – Traveling between 100-300 miles
  • 18% – Traveling 300-500 miles

*70 percent will drive at “off-peak” hours to try and avoid the worst of the Thanksgiving holiday traffic.

– Effect of Rising Airfares

Forty-seven percent of travelers said rising airfares impacted their Thanksgiving travel. These are the top three ways they were affected:

  • 41% – Booked their flight early
  • 35% – Will drive to their destination instead of fly
  • 3% – Still waiting for prices to come down

– What Travelers Plan to Spend on Thanksgiving Travel

  • 38% will spend more on Thanksgiving travel this year than in 2011
  • 46% will spend the same
  • 10 % will spend less

– Most Popular U.S. Cities for Thanksgiving

  1. New York City
  2. Boston
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Orlando
  5. Philadelphia

– Where Travelers are Staying for Thanksgiving

  • 47% – At the home of family or friends
  • 33% – Hotel
  • 8% – Vacation Rental

– Appetite for Technology

Among those traveling for Thanksgiving, 47% will use a smartphone or tablet device to plan or assist in their Thanksgiving holiday travel. The top uses include:

  • 80% – Checking the weather
  • 51% – Researching restaurants
  • 51% – GPS navigation
  • 38% – Checking the status of a flight
  • 27% – Researching a destination

What are your plans this year? Traveling? Staying home? Whatever your plans may be, we at McConnell Marketing wish you and your friends and family a Happy Thanksgiving!