Hitting The Road For Turkey Day

Like millions of other Americans, we’ll be traveling this holiday weekend to spend Thanksgiving at my cousin’s home in Goshen, NY. (It’s in the Hudson Valley, not too far from West Point.)

Apparently, everyone else will be traveling this holiday weekend! According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. This year’s holiday travel volume will be the highest since Thanksgiving 2005, with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year, said the association.

The vast majority of those traveling for the holiday – 89.3% — are planning to drive to their destination, according to AAA. Automobile travel will grow by 3.2 percent this Thanksgiving, with 45.5 million Americans planning a holiday road trip.

If you are going somewhere and need to gas up the car, don’t forget to record the purchase. Just use the Gas listing in the Barcode Reference Booklet (Barcode Reference Booklet) if you use one of our handheld scanners, or if you’re an NCPMobile App user, use the Non-Barcoded Items list in the app. (NCPMobile people: Please do not use the Barcode Reference Booklet! Thank you.)

Note: Use Gas Trip Only designation if you just purchased gas during a trip to the service station. Use Gas With Purchase when the gasoline is purchased along with other items from the gasoline station’s convenience store. Only enter the price paid for the fuel. For all other items with a barcode, please record them as usual.

Also, let us know if you’re going to be away for a while by contacting the Panel Support Center at 800-962-6700. (If you have the NCPMobile App, you can use it while you’re away!)

Finally, I want to remind everyone that we are closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 24. The Panel Support Center will be open on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

Have a very happy and safe holiday!

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