Despite record gas prices, travelers are still leaving town for Memorial Day weekend


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — The holiday weekend is in full swing. And Bay Area folks are taking to both the roads and the skies ahead of Memorial Day.

“The numbers are going to be much higher than they were last year and obviously much, much higher than the year before, but we don’t expect it to be as busy as 2019 We’ll probably see 2017 levels,” Clint Henderson said. .

Henderson is the news editor for the travel website, The Points Guy.

He says that even though air fares are currently very high, travelers are still buying tickets at a rapid pace.

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“Generally, we still have so many pent-up requests over the past two and a half years that so far we’re not seeing a slowdown in bookings,” Henderson said.

On the roads too, gasoline prices are reaching record highs.
According to AAA, the California state average is now over $6 per gallon.

Despite the rising costs, Jim Gibbs says he will likely leave town this weekend. But, he tells ABC7 News, if the high prices continue, he may switch modes of transportation for future vacations.

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“I’m definitely leaning towards an electric car,” Gibbs said.

It was a similar story for Andrew Wong, who was refueling his motorcycle at a San Francisco gas station.

“I have a car, but gas prices are very high. I have an SUV, it’s like 17 miles per gallon, this thing gives me a lot more mileage, so a lot more affordable,” said Wong.

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Wong says he plans to stay in town this weekend. However, when he hits the road again this summer, he says he will have to pay for the experience.

“It is what it is. You have to pay to drive,” he said.

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