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Thanksgiving Holiday Week Gas Prices Poised to be Similar to or Cheaper Than Last Year for Majority of Travelers 

November 25, 2019 - For the 49 million Americans hitting the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, they will find gas prices mostly similar, if not cheaper, than last year’s holiday. Today’s national average is $2.59. That is just a few cents over the 2018 holiday weekend average of $2.57. 

“During Thanksgiving week last year we saw the national gas price average decrease a nickel between Monday and Thursday, that could be the case again this year,” said Marilyn Buskohl, AAA spokesperson. “AAA recommends holiday road-trippers use the AAA app to find current gas prices along their route.”

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Today, 61% of all gas stations in the country are selling regular unleaded for $2.50 or less. On the week, gas prices are flat. 

Quick Stats 

  • The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets are: Louisiana ($2.21), Mississippi ($2.22), Texas ($2.25), Missouri ($2.25), Alabama ($2.27), Oklahoma ($2.28), South Carolina ($2.28), Arkansas ($2.29), Tennessee ($2.30) and Virginia ($2.31).
  • The nation’s top 10 largest weekly changes are: Ohio (-12 cents), California (-9 cents), Michigan (+8 cents), Oregon (-5 cents), Alaska (-5 cents), Nevada (-5 cents), Washington (-4 cents), Pennsylvania (+4 cents), Utah (+4 cents) and Missouri (-3 cents).

Central States and Great Lakes Region

Gas prices are more expensive compared to this time last year for 9 of the 13 Great Lakes and Central states, with these four state averages a dime or more higher: Illinois (+16 cents), Ohio (+16 cents), Indiana (+15 cents) and Michigan (+11 cents). Four other states have more expensive prices, but not in the double-digits: Kentucky (+8 cents), Iowa (+7 cents), Missouri (+7 cents), Nebraska (+6 cents) and Kansas (+4 cents). 

On the week the majority of states saw a decrease or no change in gas prices. This was due to gasoline stocks holding steady at 46.4 million bbl and a one percent increase in regional refinery utilization. However, two states did see prices increase on the week: Michigan (+9 cents) and Wisconsin (+2 cents). If refinery rates increase to help build stocks, most motorists in the region could expect gas prices to be cheaper through year-end.

Oil Market Dynamics 

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, WTI decreased by 81 cents to settle at $57.77. However, crude prices increased slightly in recent reports (about a nickel) due to reports that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its partners are likely to extend their current production reduction agreement through the middle of 2020 at OPEC’s meeting in Vienna on December 5 - 6.

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at




TEDx Wilmington Salon

Who's in the Driver's Seat? The Transformation of Transportation

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, AAA and TEDx Wilmington held the first TEDx Salon dedicated to ideas worth spreading in transportation.

This event had:

  • 12 live talks given by 13 speakers
  • 368 people in attendance at the live event
  • More than 7,500 viewed the event online through Livestream, viewing events, and on the AAA Associate network
  • Online viewers came from all 50 states and approximately 30 countries around the world

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