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September 18, 2018
AAA: NEARLY TWO OUT OF THREE MICHIGANDERS PLANNING AN AUTUMN VACATION
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NEWS RELEASE
CONTACT:   AAA – The Auto Club Group
Susan Hiltz, Public Affairs Director, Michigan
C: 586.940.0278 - slhiltz@aaamichigan.com
AAA: TWO OUT OF THREE MICHIGANDERS PLANNING AN AUTUMN VACATION
Fall Foliage, Cool Weather and Low Prices Provide Travel Incentive

 
DEARBORN, MI  (September 18, 2018) – Cooler temps, lower prices and a fabulous fall foliage forecast are providing added incentives for many Michiganders to travel this Autumn.  A new AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey reveals nearly two-thirds (65%) of Michigan residents will take at least one vacation sometime from September through November.

When are Michiganders traveling?
(Travelers could select more than one)
  1. Oct  38%
  2. Sep  32%
  3. Nov  18%
Top 4 Reasons Michiganders Prefer Autumn Travel
  1. 50%- Smaller crowds at popular attractions
  2. 49%-Prices  lower than peak summer season
  3. 44%-Cooler weather
  4. 37%-Fall colors
 
“Whether you travel domestic or internationally, there are many advantages to a fall vacation,” said Susan Hiltz, Michigan public affairs director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The weather cools off and students are back in school, leaving smaller crowds at popular attractions. As a result, travelers find more availability and competitive pricing on airfares, hotels and rental cars. This is why Michiganders love to travel this time of year.”
Michiganders’ Preferred Travel Destinations

  1. 54% - Europe
  2. 53% - North America
  3. 32% - Australia
Michiganders’ Travel Choice

  1. 56% - Drive
  2. 50% - Fly
  3.  8% - Take a Cruise
Gas Prices Forecast to Fall 15 cents
The 56 percent of autumn travelers - planning to take a road trip - should find lower gas prices.  AAA forecasts gas prices nationwide will drop to $2.70 per gallon.  That is about  23 cents lower than today’s average price at the pump in Michigan. Check pump prices near you.
“Gas prices usually follow a downward trend in the fall, due to lower demand and the switch to a cheaper-to-produce winter-blend gasoline,” added Hiltz.  “However, U.S.-led sanctions against Iranian crude are expected to kick-in this quarter. If oil prices spike on supply concerns, gas prices may jump with too.”
21% to Get Travel Insurance for Hurricanes
The early weeks of September are often the most active time of hurricane season. Major storms can cause a ripple effect of travel delays and cancellations affecting American travelers nationwide. One-fifth (21%) of Michigan travelers now say they are likely to purchase travel insurance during their fall trip, due to the threat of hurricanes this year.
“You shouldn’t wait until a major storm develops to start researching travel insurance,” said Hiltz. “Once a storm is named, it’s too late to purchase a new policy. The best advice is to talk with a travel agent, research weather patterns in your travel destination during the time of your visit, and consider purchasing a policy when booking your trip.”
Hurricanes aside, Michiganders should still consider travel insurance for their next vacation. A delayed or cancelled flight can cause missed reservations or excursions - many of which are often non-refundable. Those and other out-of-pocket expenses can be offset by travel insurance. In addition, there are policies that allow trip cancellation before departure date, for a variety of reasons such as falling ill. If a traveler gets sick or injured during their  trip, there are policies that would cover medical expenses.
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The AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey was conducted online among residents living in Michigan from August 3 - 14, 2018.  A total of 400 residents completed the survey, with 260 planning to take at least one fall vacation.  Survey results have a maximum margin of error of ± 6.1 percentage points.  Responses are weighted by gender and age to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the adult population (18+) in Michigan.
 
AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary - A Century of Service in 2016 and has over 1.4 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG).  Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
 
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.6 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 59 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. Visit AAA on the Internet at AAA.com.
 

 

About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose.


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