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Gas prices and holiday travel

Will how much you pay to fill up your car affect how much you pay for a flight?

Posted: May 16, 2018 7:56 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Gas prices continue to climb, but Triple AAA reports this won’t stop people from hitting the road Memorial Day weekend.

The insurance company projects 36.6 million people to travel by car over the holiday weekend, an almost 5% increase from the year before.

This despite holiday weekend’s gas prices being the most expensive Memorial Day gas prices since 2014.

Dary Siem of Rochester isn’t planning on going anywhere for the unofficial kick off for summer travel, but said even if she did, the gas prices would keep her close by.

“Probably stick around home, I would not go very far with gas prices the way they are right now. They're way too high,” she said.

Triple AAA shows about one million people plan to travel over the weekend via plane. Luckily, travel agencies said the hike in gas prices won’t impact the cost of a flight.

Five Start Travel Agency in Rochester said airlines are sophisticated and often budget for changes in oil prices. Increased airfares usually depend on factors like the time of year and the destination.

This goes for mainstream and smaller airlines. Sun Country airlines tells KIMT they plan for changes in oil prices and don’t expect an immediate impact on airfare.

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