Holiday travel season witnesses lower fuel prices

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The travel season is upon us. And one economic factor continues its descent – making the checkbook a bit fatter.

Gas prices in Missouri are down seven cents on average from this time last week, according to Triple-A officials.

Triple A Missouri predicts 54.6 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving.  

“We’re basically right back where we were pre-pandemic levels of travel,” said AAA Public Affairs Specialist Nick Chabarria. “People are ready to get back out. They’re ready to take even those leisure vacations that they missed out on, so certainly holiday travel is sort of a continuation of that as people are more comfortable getting out and making up for lost time.” 

Chabarria added that even during the holidays the early bird gets the worm.

Added Chabarria: “If you are travelling Wednesday, if you’re doing so by car, you’ll likely avoid most of the rush if you can leave first thing in the morning.” 

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