RICHMOND (WRIC) - The roads and the air will be a little less crowded this Thanksgiving.
At Richmond International Airport, the holiday getaway has already started for some, but most people will travel the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and if you're still thinking about a last minute trip home for mom's turkey, you'll have to dig deep into the wallet.
1.2 million Virginians will take to the skies or hit the roads for this Thanksgiving holiday and despite cheaper gas prices, AAA says fewer Americans are traveling this holiday.
"It is about a 1.6 percent decline since last year," says spokesperson Tammy Gobert. "And the reason for that is even though the economy is improving it is at a slower pace so people want to hold onto their money longer."
For those flying to the family feast, fares are comparable to last year. The average lowest round-tip tickets sold for about $187 compared to $188 last year.
But if you were holding out on booking hoping for a last minute deal, those days are "pretty much over." Last minute deals are certainly not robust.
14 to 21 days is best way to get that better fare.
If you were to book now from Richmond to New York, it will set you back about $585. Considering Orlando, about $400 round trip.
If you leave on Thanksgiving and return after the rush on Monday - Richmond to Atlanta will run about $450.
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