Higher wages and more disposable income trump more expensive gas prices to motivate the most Americans to travel for Thanksgiving since 2005.

About 54.3 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles away from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of 4.8 percent compared with last year, according to data from AAA, the largest U.S. motoring group. About 48.5 million travelers will drive, nearly 5 percent more than a year ago. Air travel will also see a 5.4 percent increase.

“Motorists have become accustomed to this year’s more expensive gas prices and won’t let higher fuel costs deter them from taking Thanksgiving road trips,” said AAA gas price expert Jeanette Casselano.

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Regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.735 a gallon Wednesday, 6.9 percent higher than this time last year, according to AAA.

“Consumers have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season: higher wages, more disposable income and rising levels of household wealth,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA Travel senior vice president. “This is translating into more travelers kicking off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway, building on a positive year for the travel industry.”

All those drivers on the roads will likely lead to more traffic. Global mobility analytics company INRIX predicts travel times in the most congested U.S. cities may be as much as four times longer than normal.

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Photo Credit: AAA is predicting this will be the busiest Thanksgiving travel season in 13 years, despite rising gas prices. Bala Maniymaran / Flickr