Charlotte Douglas International Airport prepares for busy travel week

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Gas prices jumped more than 10 percent after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, peaking on September 8 at an average of $2.67 a gallon. Lines at security checkpoints tend to be shorter in the early morning, and flight delays build during the day, which can lead to missed connecting flights in afternoon and evening hours.

Many airlines have added flights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday in anticipation of the influx of holiday passengers, and the TSA suggests that those flying this week arrive two hours early for domestic flights and three hours early for worldwide flights, Farbstein said.

Being stuck in traffic also means spending more at the pump. That should ease the airport traffic that sometimes backs up all the way to Interstate 195 as drivers pick up and drop off passengers on particularly hectic travel days, he said.

"I think Sacramento airport is really nice", said passenger Della Hampton.

Road trips will cost more, however.

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It is the sixth consecutive year air travel has grown during the holiday, and now accounts now for 7.8 percent of all travel, its highest share since 2010, AAA said.

You may want to look at flying this year, as analysts said round-trip tickets for the top 40 domestic routes are the lowest they've been in five years.

Nationwide, almost 60 million Americans are expected to journey 50 miles or more away from home, a 3.3 percent increase over previous year.

AAA expects 89 percent of the 53 million travelers Thanksgiving week to hit the roads.

In fact, some 45.5 million road-trippers will set off to grandmother's house and other destinations during the Thanksgiving holiday, up from a year ago and the highest volume seen nationwide since 2005. The 4 percent year-over-year increase is the largest percentage increase among the three major transportation modes.

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