AAA: Lower gas prices mean more people traveling this Thanksgiving

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It may take longer to get to your Thanksgiving destination this year, but it will also cost you less.

The Thanksgiving travel prediction from AAA was released Wednesday morning.

The report says you can thank lower gas prices for encouraging more Americans to travel this holiday.

Missouri has the cheapest gas prices in the nation this fall. The national average price for a gallon of gas is $3.20, 21 cents less than a year ago.

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The biggest day for Thanksgiving travel is November 27.  An estimated 3 percent more people will travel this year than last.

Also this year, because of a rare calendar phenomenon, Thanksgiving falls during Hanukkah. That hasn't happened since 1888 and won't happen again for more than 79,000 years.

It also means traffic may be even heavier this year.

If you're headed to the airport for Thanksgiving travel, AAA says you should expect to leave 30 minutes earlier than usual to get there.

For more information on AAA's report, visit

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