As Thanksgiving travel prices force Americans to stay home or break the bank, New Jerseyans are ringing
RED BANK, NJ – A rise in travel costs has forced Americans to rearrange vacation plans or go after a more expensive ticket, New Jersey residents told Fox News.
“I love to travel,” said one woman, Katie. “I have never experienced these types of prices in the past.”
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“I don’t think anyone I know is traveling this holiday season probably because of it,” she added.
Vacation travel plans could break the bank for some this year, as prices for airfare, gas and hotels all rose from the same time last year. Inflation fell slightly in October compared to previous months, but still reached 7.7%.
Additionally, airline staffing shortages, increased post-COVID-19 demand, and high fuel prices are all driving up the cost of airfare.
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“I was going to stay at my dad’s in Daytona around Christmas, but the flights…it’s definitely a little higher than usual,” said one man, Kyle. “At one point it’s almost cheaper to drive to Florida than to pay $400, $500 for a plane ticket.”
Domestic flights booked in early November for Thanksgiving week were on average 48% higher than in 2021, according to Kayak.
Despite the high costs, some people said seeing family for the holidays was worth the extra money.
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“I backtracked on some trips, but there are some trips you can’t redo. So I’ll take them,” Mary, who is flying to Los Angeles to be with her sons for Thanksgiving, told Fox News.
Jeff, originally from New Jersey, also faces rising prices to see his family.
“My daughter is from upstate New York University,” he said. “These tickets were expensive, but I want to see her.”
To see the full responses from New Jersey residents, click here.