AAA: Gas Prices Rise in Indiana as Summer Travel off to a Hot Start

AURORA, Ill., June 6, 2014 — The majority of Indiana residents (68 percent) plan to kick start the summer travel season by taking at least one leisure trip of 50 miles or more requiring overnight accommodations during the next three months. Gasoline prices in Indiana are on average $3.91 with no relief expected soon, yet pump prices are not expected to have a negative effect on travel plans.  
 
“On the heels of the increases in Memorial Day travelers, this AAA data show a steady summer travel season in Indiana - a positive sign for the travel industry,” said AAA Chicago spokesperson Beth Mosher. “Although city destinations, beaches and theme parks top 2014’s summer travel list, the majority of people haven’t finalized their vacation plans.
 
“Travelers who wait until the last minute to book their hotel, rental car, or airline ticket can expect to pay more than if they book weeks in advance. Just as travel demand is expected to increase this summer, the cost to vacation could also rise if you do not have a plan,” continued Mosher.

The majority of travelers (65 percent) plan to spend $1,500 or less on travel in the next three months. Over two-thirds (67 percent) will pay for a hotel during a summer vacation, while 33 percent will cut costs by staying with family and friends.

Although only 20 percent plan to rent a car this summer, over two-thirds of Indiana travelers (68 percent) plan to drive at least five hours to get to their destination or for sightseeing.

Consumers who use a AAA travel agent to help plan their vacation can save up to 35 percent on average with hotel, rental car, and inclusive packaging no matter the destination. For more information on the latest travel deals, visit AAA.com/Travel.

The AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey was conducted online among residents living in Indiana from April 14 - 21, 2014. A total of 400 Indiana residents completed the survey. The survey has a maximum margin of error of ± 4.9 percentage points. Overall survey responses are weighted by gender and age to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the adult population (18+) in Indiana.
  
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