SWFL gas prices to drop throughout Thanksgiving weekend

Reporter: Asha Patel Writer: Joey Pellegrino


Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel periods of the year, and those driving to see friends and family for this year’s holiday may have something to be a little extra thankful for, as gas prices in Florida have dropped.

According to AAA, gas prices have dropped 10 cents since last week, and they are expected to drop throughout the holiday weekend. AAA says 2.9 million Floridians are expected to travel this Thanskgiving and 2.3 million are expected to get in their cars and drive to see friends and family.

Even though prices have been dropping, they are still 10 cents higher per gallon than what Thanksgiving travelers saw at the pump in 2021. The last time gas prices were this high was back in 2013.

“When gas prices are more expensive, people offset that added cost by spending a little less on their hotel or shopping and dining out,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman. “This could be the most expensive Thanksgiving at the pump in history.”

People fill up their cars at a Southwest Florida gas station, Tuesday, November 22, 2022. Credit: WINK News

Jenkins says although gas prices are high, Thanksgiving is one holiday when people are willing to pay whatever price to be able to see their loved ones.

“This is just a time of year where it is tradition for many Americans to reconnect with their family and friends,” Jenkins said. “All of that is really in spite of some of the higher prices we are seeing out there.”

If you are still undecided on whether or not you want to travel by car, AAA says gas prices could drop by 20 to 30 cents Thanksgiving weekend.

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