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AAA: More Travelers, Cheaper Gas, Higher Hotel Bills For Christmas



This is Santa's big scene. While kids will delight at how much snow is in Idaho's Christmas forecast, more than a few travelers will curse the treacherous driving conditions as the AAA predicts more than 500,000 Idahoans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday season. What's more, nine of every 10 of those travelers—456,000—will either be behind the wheel or passengers in motor vehicles.

Nationwide, AAA says there should be an approximate 1.4 percent increase of travelers compared to last year. 

The national average price for a gallon of gas is still below the $2 mark, but in Idaho, the average price for a gallon of unleaded is $2.14, still down from $2.62 a year ago. According to AAA, airfares for the top 40 domestic flights are six percent lower this holiday season but hotel prices (up 11 percent) and daily car rentals (up 3 percent) above 2014 levels.

AAA said it expects to come to the rescue of nearly 900,000 motorists nationwide during the holiday travel period, with most of the distress calls involving flat tires, dead batteries or lockouts.