Air travel expected to be down this Memorial Day
UNDATED (WHDH) -- Millions of Americans will be hitting the road on Memorial Day weekend. But even with gas prices on the decline in recent weeks, a new report says the number of people traveling for the holiday is dropping.
It's that time -- the official kick-off to summer. And more Americans are gearing up to get away this Memorial Day holiday.
AAA says compared to last year more than a half million more Americans will be traveling. Nearly 35 million in all -- and the majority will be hitting the road.
"That means that almost 9 out of 10 travelers will take to the roads between May 24 and May 28," said Yolanda Cade, AAA.
One of the driving factors -- gas prices -- have tapered off in recent weeks. A gallon of regular is about 25 cents less than this time last year.
Forty-seven percent of those surveyed say gas prices will still have an impact.
"The overall distance traveled over Memorial Day is expected to be 150 miles less than last year," said Cade.
Cutting back on how far they travel, and on other expenses like entertainment and food.
"Think about when you spend money in destination. You spend a lot of money on food. So think about eating one meal a day in room," said Marita Hudson Thomas, Orbitz Travel.
Air travel is expected to be down 5.5 percent from last year due to higher ticket and baggage fees. But experts say travelers can still find deals in last-minute packages.
"So that means booking your air and hotel and rental car together. You're definitely going to save,” Thomas said.
Whether saving or splurging, the possibilities of an endless summer are almost here.