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AAA: Gas prices, airfare to drop into Thanksgiving

TAMPA (WTOC) -

Thanksgiving holiday travel is expected to increase by only 0.7 compared to last year, according to the AAA's Leisure Travel Index released Tuesday.

Nationwide, 43.6 million Americans are expected to travel over the holiday.

But consumers could get a break on the cost of their trip - both gas prices and airfare are expected to decrease for Thanksgiving travel.

More people or nearly 90 percent of travelers or 39.1 million are expected to drive than fly.

About 3.1 million travelers are expected to fly this Thanksgiving holiday, which is down 1.7 percent from last year. That would make the second straight year of a decline in air travel over the holiday period, according to the report.

Thanksgiving airfares are expected to drop - the lowest round-trip rate hit $188 for the top 40 U.S. air routes, which is an 11 percent decrease from last year, according to the report.

Click here to view the Thanksgiving Travel report.

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