Memorial Day travelers face high gas prices

Memorial Day travelers face high gas prices
Updated: May. 25, 2018 at 5:36 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Memorial Day Weekend is one of the busiest travel holidays of the entire year.

More than 42 million Americans are going to be traveling this weekend, which is the highest number in more than a decade.

The majority of those travelers will be driving, but they'll also be facing the highest gas prices since 2014.

In Louisiana, the average price of gas is currently$2.67. That price is up 25 percent from last year's average of $2.14.

The good news is that prices around here are still lower than the national average, which is near $3.

Another good bit of news is for the people who are flying.

Airplane tickets are cheaper this year by about 7 percent. With more than 36 million people on the roads this weekend, the majority of Americans will be seeing high gas prices.

AAA said that is not going to keep anyone from traveling this holiday weekend, but could cause issues if those prices stay higher for Labor Day or Thanksgiving.

"We're looking at prices in excess of 50 cents higher than we were this time last year but that doesn't seem to deter anyone from traveling, at least for the Memorial Day Weekend and probably not through the Summer," said Don Redmond with the AAA. "Though if these continued high prices we have seen stay through August, we could see them have 160 to 200 dollars more than what we paid last year. So in the long term, it could effect travel but at least short-term, we're not expecting it to impact travel at all."

The destination that will see the most visitors this weekend is actually Orlando , Florida.

AAA said it is a good idea to get cars inspected before hitting the road.

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