Holiday Travel: Over 38 million Travelers; Lost Bags & Overbooked Flights High

AAA estimates that 38.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday, a 2.7% increase from 2005. Travel by car is forecast to be up 2.6%, while air travel is forecast to be up 3.2%, reports.

The ATA estimates that about 2.5 million passengers will fly this Sunday and Monday, filling about 90 percent to 91 percent of seats. Wednesday is expected to see just a little more than 2 million passengers and 82 percent of seats filled. The airlines have been filling a record 80.5 percentage of seats during the first nine months of the year.

Prices are Up:

  • AAA estimates an average price of $2.235 a gallon for unleaded regular, up 0.6% from a year earlier.
  • The government estimates that hotel prices in October were 4.4% higher than a year earlier, and rental car and truck rates are up 5.1%, both well ahead of the overall rate of inflation.
  • ATA estimates that the amount paid to fly a mile is up about 10% on domestic flights for the first 10 months of this year, with a 6 percent to 7 percent increase on international routes.
  • Sabre Airline Solutions estimates that Thanksgiving weekend fares will be up 25% over a year ago.

Lost Bags & Overbooked Flights: 

  • 11% increase in the number of missing bag reports over the first nine months of the year, compared to a year earlier. That works out to about 1,114 additional missing-bag reports a day filed by passengers through September.
  • 24% increase in passengers who are involuntarily bumped off a flight because of overbooking. 

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