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Falling gas prices will put people on the road this Thanksgiving

November 13th, 2012 by Rachel Pritchett

Readers,

The auto club AAA says falling gas prices and increased consumer confidence will prompt people to get in their cars this Thanksgiving weekend. Some 44 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more then, almost a 1 percent increase over last year. Gas was going for $3.51 per gallon of unleaded, on average Tuesday in Bremerton, down from $4.11 a month ago.

Meanwhile, air travel is predicted to decrease almost 2 percent this Thanksgiving compared to last year. Airfares will be 11 percent lower than a year ago, on average, said AAA.

Hotel rates are flat this year, with travelers spending an average of $143 a night. Car rental rates will increase a whopping 27 percent this Thanksgiving weekend over last year, with the average daily cost predicted to be $47.

— Rachel Pritchett

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