Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Are you one of these statistics?
AAA projects 93.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays. Here are travelers by the numbers: (*Information according to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index - a monitor of pricing in 20 popular cities across the US for hotel and car rentals, as well as 40 pairs of cities for air travel pricing.) The above information is provided by AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Millions will travel more than 50 miles for Christmas and New Year’s this year. See how many of them are from the Philadelphia area.
More than 1 million travelers from the Philadelphia area (or one in four) will travel 50 miles or more away from home during the year-end holidays, according the AAA Mid-Atlantic. That’s an increase of nearly 2 percent over last year. The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Saturday, Dec. 22 to Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. AAA Mid-Atlantic’s holiday travel forecast is based on travelers’ intentions and historical data as of mid-November. “Despite high gas prices and slow economic recovery, more than 25 percent of Philadelphia area residents (over 1 million people) plan to travel during the upcoming 11-day holiday travel season,” said Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Unlike other …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
As millions of people take to the roads for the Thanksgiving holiday, many travelers will be filling up their gas tank.
The following is provided by AAA: $86.92 per barrel (at Friday's close) $86.07 per barrel $102.59 per barrel In the immediate aftermath of Sandy, power outages in New York and New Jersey left many stations unable to operate pumps, despite gasoline in their storage tanks. As power is restored to the region and distribution and resupply issues are being resolved, more and more gas stations are becoming operational. Early in the week, Governor Christie (NJ) lifted gas rationing and by week’s end, both New York and New Jersey saw gas stations return to 85 to 90 percent operational. [Edited 11/22/12 1:15pm to correct inaccurate headline.]
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Find out what AAA has to say about hotel and car rental rates this holiday.
The following is provided by AAA: The Thanksgiving holiday is unique falling on a Thursday every year. Many people are off from work the Friday after, giving travelers the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends. AAA asked intended travelers which days they would depart for and return from Thanksgiving Travel. Among those surveyed, the majority of travelers plan to leave the Wednesday before the holiday (45 percent) and return the following Sunday (36 percent) with another 25 percent expecting to return on Monday, Nov. 26. Automobile travel remains dominant mode of transportation, air travel decreases Approximately 90 percent of travelers or 39.1 million people plan to travel by automobile this Thanksgiving. This is a 0.6 …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Most of those people will be on the road. See what other predictions AAA is making about those joining you in holiday travel this week.
Information provided by AAA: AAA projects 43.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, an increase of 0.7 percent over the 43.3 million people who traveled last year. This increase marks the fourth consecutive year of growing holiday travelers since 2008 when Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 25. Highlights from this year’s 2012 AAA Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Forecast include: “Thanksgiving travel hit a decade low in 2008 when only 37.8 million Americans traveled,” said AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet. “Since that year we have seen a steady increase in the number of travelers …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
1 in 10 residents of the five-county area are expected to travel, says AAA.
Will you be sticking around the Marple Newtown area for the annual Marple Memorial Post's Memorial Day Parade on Monday? No? You may want to reconsider. AAA-Mid Atlantic estimates that 400,000 residents of the five-county area will be traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, despite gas prices peaking near $4 a gallon. The agency defines traveling as journeys of 50 miles of greater. Of that figure, 88 percent plan to drive to their destination, roughly the same number as last year, says AAA. “Despite near-record-high gas prices this spring, Philadelphia area residents are ready to travel to welcome the summer season this Memorial Day holiday weekend,” said Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “…
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Motor club predicts new holiday gas-price high.
The holidays may be slow for many businesses, but for AAA and travelers, this is peak season. In its Christmas forecast, AAA Mid-Atlantic reports new highs in gases prices for Philadelphia holiday travel, while the agency anticipates it will come to the aid of approximately 63,000 stranded motorists throughout its territory (NJ, DE, PA, MD, DC, VA) during the year-end holiday period. Though pump prices have declined recently, motorists will be met with the highest gas prices ever during the year-end holiday season. AAA reports it to hang around $3.25 per gallon, a new holiday high. With an estimate that 91 percent of all holiday travelers will go by car in the next few weeks, about 912,000 Philadelphia area residents will fuel up in the …
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Pennsylvania-bound bridge tolls will increase from $4 to $5. PATCO fees will be up 10 percent.
Many trips between the Marple Newtown area and South Jersey will become more expensive starting this weekend, as the Delaware River Port Authority increases bridge tolls and PATCO (Port Authority Transit Corporation) fees to fund infrastructure improvements, the authority announced on its website. Drivers will still pay nothing on their way to the Garden State, but coming home on the Commodore Barry, Walt Whitman, Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross bridges, the cost will be $5, up from $4. Trips on PATCO will cost 10 percent more. PATCO's trains run between Philadelphia (terminal at 16th and Locust streets) and Lindenwold, NJ. An end-to-end trip will now cost $3. A Broomall or Newtown Square resident could get from home to the shore via SEPTA and…
Thursday, December 23, 2010
An easy-to-use website helps you find the best deal on gas in your area.
The average household in the U.S. will spend roughly $305 on gasoline in December 2010, according to recent study by PortiaGroup, as described by a recent AAA news release. Local gas prices are peaking at exactly the wrong time for would-be holiday travelers, currently averaging $3.206 in Broomall and $3.194 in Newtown Square. According to the AAA Fuel Price Finder tool, Broomall's gas prices this winter rose from $2.782 last year and from $2.780 last year in Newtown Square. To help you get the most bang for your buck, area residents can compare gas prices at most of the nearby stations, here, on the AAA website. Just find your community from the drop down list, or enter your zip code, and search the list for the cheapest local station. As…