(NBC News) If there’s any way you can get an early start on Memorial Day travel, this just might be the year to do it.
AAA is predicting a giant jump in the number of people getting away for the long weekend.
There’s no mystery why. Americans are paying a lot less for gas.
Lower travel costs are what’s driving up the the projected 34 million people who will hit the road this Memorial Day, the most since 2005.
The holiday weekend also kicks off what’s supposed to be the busiest summer ever for air travel.
Even with threats of long lines at TSA checkpoints, fliers can’t ignore that domestic flights are 26-percent cheaper than a year ago.
“Ticket prices are down, so we do see a slight increase here in air travel,” notes AAA’s Tamra Johnson.