Thanksgiving travel forecast: 5 percent increase in amount of Americans traveling

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Thanksgiving is just days away, and travel this holiday season is expected to be the busiest in more than a dozen years. AAA expects more than 54 million Americans will travel this Thanksgiving.  That’s almost a 5 percent increase from last year and the most since 2005.

More people are flying this year and paying less to fly because airfares are the lowest since 2013. 

Here’s some more good news for those planning to travel from McCarran: Clark County schools are out all week long, so there’s more options for families to travel instead of just that Wednesday before the Thanksgiving rush.

For those traveling by car like 48 million other Americans that could still be a long journey, especially if you’re going later in the week.  

Gas prices are also up. The national average price is $2.62 a gallon. 

Nevada’s gas prices are a little bit higher than the national average. But drivers can find gas for less with apps like Gas Buddy.  The sticker price of $2.75 is the cheapest found in Las Vegas. 

It’s also good to know when to travel. Wednesday and Sunday are expected to be the busiest. Your best bet for travel is thanksgiving day, Friday and Saturday.

For those traveling through McCarran go here. There are travel tips, including where to park, where to go if you’re picking up visitors and how to know which terminal to go to, and you’ll also find some TSA tips.  

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