AAA estimates increase in holiday travel

More than 94M Americans expected to travel over next week


SAN ANTONIO - If the numbers hold true, 2013 will be the fifth consecutive year that holiday travel in the U.S. has increased.

According to AAA, 94.5 million people are expected to journey more than 50 miles to make it home for Christmas and ring in the New Year.

That represents a 0.6 percent increase from 2012, when 94 million people hit the road and skies during the holiday season.

The year-end holiday season runs from Dec. 21 to Jan. 1.

91 percent, or 85.8 million people, are expected to get behind the wheel as part of their travel plans, representing an increase of almost a full percentage point.

Air travel is expected to decrease this year from 5.61 million travelers in 2012 to 5.53 million travelers.

AAA said the calendar may be playing a role in the increased amount of travelers.

With Christmas falling on a Wednesday, officials said people will have more flexibility in their travel plans and will choose to start their holiday trip early or stay through the weekend.

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