Anniversary weekend – Known as the informal start of summer – begins on Friday. To celebrate, a crowd of consumers is expected to pave the way for a three-day holiday weekend, many of which have finally set out on trips that have been postponed for the past two years.

From airports, roads, restaurants to attractions, everything is very crowded, with an estimated 40 million people traveling, an increase of 8.3% compared to 2021. According to AAA..

Congestion is unavoidable, but FOX Business has analyzed the numbers travelers should expect in terms of airport congestion, petrol bills, ticket prices, and peak travel times.

Anniversary trips: best and worst times to book


is more than It is estimated that 34 million people will travel by car Holiday weekends, that is, the roads are crowded.

A car running on the highway. (Reuters / EduardoMunoz / Reuters photo)

However, according to AAA, citing analytics firm INRIX, the “longest travel delay” is just before the weekend of the holiday.

For example, according to INRIX, drivers can face double driving time on Thursday and Friday afternoons.

“Drivers need to anticipate congestion on major roads around big cities and popular destinations. Knowing when and where congestion will occur will help drivers avoid the stress of traffic congestion.” , Said Bob Pishe, a traffic analyst at INRIX.

According to INRIX, the best and worst times to travel are:


  • Worst time: between 1pm and 8pm
  • Best time: before 6am or after 9pm


  • Worst time: from noon to 7:00 pm
  • Best time: before 7am or after 9pm


  • Worst time: between 1 pm and 6 pm
  • Best time: before 10 am


  • Worst time: between 1 pm and 4 pm
  • Best time: before 10 am


  • Worst time: between 1 pm and 4 pm
  • Best time: before 11:00 am

Gas price

The National average of 1 gallon of regular gasoline It’s about $ 4.60. Patrick DeHaan, Head of Oil Analysis at GasBuddy, told FOX Business that it was down from the initial forecast of $ 4.65 per gallon.

To help consumers save on pumps, Dehan said drivers should slow down at 5-10 mph. He advised that that small drop in speed could save 5-10% on the pump.

Inflation of gasoline prices in California

Customers will send gas to their cars on May 18, 2022 at a gas station in Petaluma, California. ((Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) / Getty Images)

“Going at 60mph is a” sweet spot “for most cars, and slowing down saves more than 25-50c / gal,” he added.

Consumers can use GasBuddy to shop at low prices, but De Haan warned that “price could drop or bounce significantly” across state boundaries. For example, Arizona is nearly $ 2 per gallon cheaper than California.

Air travel

The cost of air travel has risen in recent months. According to AAA, the lowest average airfare to date is 6% higher than in 2021 and the average ticket price is $ 184 one way. Saturday is the most expensive day to fly, but Monday is the cheapest day.

Ticker safety last Change change %
AAL American Airlines Group Co., Ltd. 17.24 +1.11 + 6.88%
DAL Delta Air Lines Co., Ltd. 40.83 +2.23 + 5.78%
UAL United Airlines Holdings Co., Ltd. 46.07 +2.99 + 6.94%
JBLU JET BLUE AIRWAYS CORP. 10.61 +0.35 + 3.41%
LUV Southwest Airlines Co., Ltd. 45.11 +2.64 + 6.22%

So far, AAA reports that 3 million people are expected to fly this Memorial Day weekend.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) told FOX Business that it expects 2.1 million people to pass the security checkpoint every day during the summer. “The amount should be that number or slightly higher,” TSA said on Memorial Day weekend.

According to the TSA, airport congestion times vary from airport to airport. However, for the largest airports in the country, screening lanes are usually the busiest between 5am and 7am and between 3pm and 5pm.

Airport routes, airport delays

August 24, 2021, the main terminal of Denver International Airport in Denver. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski) (AP Photo / David Zalubowski / AP Newsroom)

The TSA suggests that passengers arrive at the airport 90 minutes to 2 hours before the flight in order to arrive at the gate in time. If the passenger hasn’t done so already, you should check TSA PreCheck.

It’s too late to apply and approve in time for the weekend, but this program helps passengers keep their shoes, belts, liquids, food, laptops and light jackets at security checkpoints. .. In April, more than 90% of TSA PreCheck passengers waited less than five minutes on the security line, according to the TSA.

Hotels and car rentals

Hotel prices are rising. Even mid-range hotel rates soared 42%, with average minimum rates per night between $ 199 and $ 257, according to AAA.

Ticker safety last Change change %
HTZ Hertz Global 19.29 +0.46 + 2.44%
March Marriott International Co., Ltd. 170.17 +10.62 + 6.66%
HLT Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. 138.43 +6.71 + 5.09%

Meanwhile, car rental prices are declining. According to AAA, daily rents are down 16% compared to 2021. So far, the lowest average rent is $ 100 per day.

According to Hopper The cheapest area to rent a car Orlando in Miami and Fort Lauderdale in Florida.