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Ready to hit the road? A by-the-numbers look at summer travel – The Mercury News

The summer rush, for most of us, has begun. Schools from one end of the Golden State to the other have largely emptied. Mom and dad have brushed off their summer vacation plans or are perhaps already on the road.

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at what U.S. summer travel trends might look like this year:

62: The percentage of leisure travelers who plan to take vacations this summer, according to AAA; many of them will head to historical European cities or sunny destinations such as Orlando, Florida

8 million: The number of Americans that AAA expects to rescue at the roadside this summer season

100 million: The number of Americans — 4 in every 10 U.S. adults — who say they plan to travel this spring and summer, according to AAA; that’s a slight uptick from a year earlier

25: Percentage cheaper that gas prices have averaged so far in 2019 compared with the first few months of 2018

3.81: Amount of dollars and cents for the average price of a gallon of gas in California — a 6-cent drop this week alone, says AAA

33: Percentage of Americans who tell AAA that they would go on at least one additional summer road trip if gas prices remain low

257.4 million: Number of passengers that U.S. airlines are expecting to fly between June 1 and Aug. 31, according to the trade group Airlines for America; that’s a 3.4 percent jump from last year and the 10th consecutive rise in summer air travelers, thanks in part to the strong job market in the nation.

2.8 million: Average number of passengers per day on U.S. airlines during that same time

111,000: Number of seats airlines are adding per day to accommodate the additional 93,000 daily passengers expected during the summer travel period, according to the trade group

57: Percentage of people who say ”location” is the No. 1 reason they picked this summer’s vacation rental, according to Vacasa

33: Percentage of Americans who plan to travel cross-country this summer, according to Vacasa’s Summer Travel Trends report

22: Percentage who plan to travel within their home state

17 million: The number of passengers carried each year by Greyhound, now the only operator of scheduled intercity coaches in North America and company struggling to survive in face of competition from low-cost airlines

1,000: The number of properties in more than 50 counties run by Stay One Degree, the self-described “first social network for luxury vacation rentals,” which has 10,000 members

77: Percentage of airports, according to SITA, that are planning to move into biometric ID products over the next five years; these will include systems that will allow travelers to bypass queues at check-in, boarding and immigration, replacing manual checks of boarding passes and passports

2,778: Average number of dollars Americans say they will spend on this summer’s travel, says the Vacasa survey (other surveys show other amounts; a Bankrate study put the figure at $1,979)

905: Average number of dollars a full-time worker in the U.S. takes home each week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

52: Percentage of U.S. employees who reported having unused vacation days at the end of 2017, according to a study by USTravel.org

13: Percentage of currently employed Americans who say they plan to take a quarter of their vacation days or fewer this year, according to a Bankrate study

24: Percentage of Americans who have not taken a vacation in more than a year, according to that study

12: Percentage of Americans who have not taken a vacation in three years

77: Percentage of those people who admit, according to the Bankrate study, that they’ve been missing out

Ready to hit the road? A by-the-numbers look at summer travel – The Mercury News

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