POSTED: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 4:54pm
UPDATED: Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 9:44am
More Texans will be packing up their families and hitting the highway during the Thanksgiving holiday, that's according to AAA predictions.
It's projected that overall travel, air and vehicle, will increase by about 10 percent.
The ever so slightly improving economy and stable gas prices, may be behind the jump in road tripping to grandma's for the holiday.
Our exclusive same-station survey of gas prices today shows a gallon of regular at 2-dollars 66-cents ... holding about even at that price all week.
Just for fun, we checked the valley gas prices the last two years on the Friday before Thanksgiving ... last year, it was $2.41 and two years ago, $1.62, that's right,$1.62.
In both those years, the price went down as Thanksgiving got closer.
While driving is the most cost effective way to go for many travelers...about 8 percent will hop on a plane.
"The advanced sells for thanksgiving are tremendous." Michael Jones, the Brownsville South Padre International Airport, Business Development Manager said.
The Brownsville South Padre International Airport is gearing up for the rush of travelers who will start trickling in through the weekend, with the surge of travelers flying in and out on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving.
"It will be 7 to 10 flights and approximately 50 passengers per flight each way and plus the people who come to pick up and see them off and so forth, so the airport will be a busy place." Jones said.
He suggests getting to the airport at least one hour before your flight if you plan to fly out for the holiday.
Whether you're driving or flying, AAA officials say the increase in people travelling here in Texas is a good sign our economy is headed in the right direction.