More people plan to get out of town this Memorial Day

More people plan to get out of town this Memorial Day weekend
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SAINT LOUIS, MO (KMOX) - After two years of reduced travel due to the pandemic, Americans are getting ready to hit the highways and the skies for the Memorial Day Holiday weekend.

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Based on preliminary data, AAA says reservations for flights, rental cars, cruises and hotels are up 122% over last year. AAA Missouri Spokesman Nick Chabarria says the numbers are not quite back to pre-pandemic levels, but are rising quickly. "We know that people want to get out, they want to travel again. Despite inflation and higher gas prices they're finding ways to do so."

As of today the average plane ticket for the memorial day weekend will cost $160 more than last year. With gas prices at record highs Chabarria says those who drive will find other ways to save, like eating out less or finding lower priced accommodations.

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