More Americans will be on the move this holiday season compared to last year.
The AAA estimates that between Dec. 21 and Jan. 1, about 94.5 million people will travel 50 miles or more in the U.S. The expected gain of 0.6% over last year comes despite continued economic uncertainty and icy weather across many states. It will mark the fifth straight year that the number of American traveling during the holiday season has increased, NBCNews notes.
According to the AAA, automobiles are the preferred mode of travel for the overwhelming majority of Americans. 91% say they will travel by car this year, up 0.9% from in 2012.
By contrast, the AAA notes that the number of people flying to their holiday destinations will fall 1.4%. Still, 5.5 million people will take to the skies over the holidays.
Predictably, airlines are expected to hike fares to popular destinations like Orlando and New York in time for Christmas travel.