‘It’s almost like the Roaring Twenties after the 1918 flu’: This Thanksgiving, people are traveling as if it’s 2019

January 11, 2023

It estimates that 53.6 million people will travel for the Thanksgiving weekend, reaching 98% of pre-pandemic Thanksgiving travel. “Plan ahead and pack your patience, whether you’re driving or flying.”Last summer’s “revenge travel” does not appear to have abated. Overall Thanksgiving road trips are up 0.4% from 2021, but car travel still remains 2.5% shy of 2019 levels. Air travel is up nearly 8% over last year, AAA said, with 4.5 million people flying for their Thanksgiving turkey this year. Consumer sentiment was also lower than expected in November, per the University of Michigan’s latest U.S. Consumer outlook.