Nationally, almost 51 million will take to the roads, rails or skies - the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005. "A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes, driving up the confidence in consumers who are more willing to spend on travel this year".
Road trips will cost more, however.
The group said Thanksgiving travel has increased for nine consecutive years - and this year will see a 3 percent rise over 2016.
AAA says it would be the eighth consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel in MI.
Air travel is expected to see the biggest year-over-year increase, at 5 per cent, with about 4 million travellers expected to pass through United States airports over the holiday period.
A robust USA economy is driving across-the-board travel this season, according to the 115-year-old automobile association.
Holiday high: auto rental daily rates will hit a five-year holiday high at $70/day, which may be due to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles. "This should set the table for small discounts at the pump, before the holiday arrives". At $70/day, the daily vehicle rental average is 34 percent more than previous year and the highest rate for Thanksgiving weekend since 2013.
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The travel surge is being chalked up to a good economy and moderate gas prices. Air fares are at their lowest levels in five years for a round-trip flight for the top 40 domestic routes, AAA said.
"Idaho has experienced a seasonal price drop, but it's been slower than in recent years", Conde said. "That's the most we've seen in a dozen years".
Thanksgiving is sometimes called Turkey Day, or T-Day, but the "T" could also mean travel due to the many motorists hitting the road for the long holiday weekend.
Springfield averages $2.54 a gallon, according to AAA.
Thanksgiving travel has steadily rebounded from the post-recession low in 2008, AAA said.
AAA's projections are based on economic forecasting by research firm IHS Markit. The complete AAA/IHS Markit 2017 Thanksgiving holiday travel forecast is available here.