AAA predicts more people staying home for holiday weekend

AAA predicts more people staying home for holiday weekend (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than a million American families are planning to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday at home this year compared to last, according to AAA.

Gas prices shot up before the beginning of summer and it seems that's when a lot of families decided to stay put for the Fourth of July.

But while they're not hitting the road, air travel has increased.

Brandywine Travel agent Annette Cagle said there's a “limited amount of space on the plane because they're full.”

This may be due to the fact that wealthy Americans are traveling more than they've ever traveled in recent history, according to AAA.

But it's also about timing.

Cagle said the families that planned ahead are reaping the benefits of great vacations this weekend, “whether they're cruising or a Vegas trip or even Mexico, the Mayan Riviera.”

Those who were not able to snag a good deal are learning their lessons of the unpredictable fuel costs in the U.S.

Cagle said, “We're booking for fall break now, Christmas and spring break.”

AAA says the roads will still be packed over the weekend, because 84% of travelers are planning to drive.

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