AAA-Texas: Gas Prices May Encourage More Texans to Travel for Thanksgiving
HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - November 20, 2008) - Ten out of eleven metropolitan areas surveyed
in the state now have gas price averages under $2.00 a gallon, according to
AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.
The average price of regular unleaded gasoline fell 12 cents statewide
compared to last week, from $2.002 to $1.882 a gallon. The national average
price fell by 15 cents from $2.177 to $2.020.
Travelers can find gas in Amarillo at $1.815, which is the least expensive
average price compared to other metropolitan areas in the state. The
state's highest price is in El Paso at $2.145 -- a decline of 22 cents from
Houston, at $1.817, fell by more than 11 cents since last week. Dallas is
reporting a price of $1.856 a gallon, a weekly decrease of more than 11
"AAA Texas has forecast a slight, 1.2 percent decline in the number of
Texans traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. However, with
prices now more than a dollar lower than they were at this time last year,
more Texans may decide at the last minute to travel to visit family for the
holiday," said AAA-Texas spokesperson Sarah Schimmer.
Texas continues to be one of the states with the largest number of
Thanksgiving holiday travelers with 3.18 million residents expected to take
trips next week, only second to California. Among Texas travelers, 2.5
million (79 percent) plan to drive, 448,000 (14 percent) plan to fly, and
232,000 (7 percent) will go by other means.
Approximately 41 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more
from home for the holiday which is a decrease of 1.4 percent from last
year's total of 41.6 million. Eighty-one percent of holiday travelers are
expected to travel by automobile, 11 percent by airplane, and 8 percent by