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Mid-Week Holidays Make For Early Travel Boom

FILE -- New York City traffic. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

FILE — New York City traffic. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sometimes, it is just two long weekends at the end of the year for Christmas and New Year’s – but not this year.

As WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported Saturday, AAA said the start of peak holiday travel actually has been pushed back to this weekend.

Robert Sinclair of AAA New York said in New York State alone, a survey by the organization found that more than 5 million people have travel plans, and about 4.5 million are in a car.

“The average distance is going to be 805 miles this year, and fully 22 percent of those traveling will be traveling 1,200 miles or more,” Sinclair said.

Car rental fleets have sold vehicles into the booming used car market, reducing fleet supply.

And for Christmas 2013, Sinclair said, New York area rental prices have jumped by more than 40 percent.

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