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Christine Delise
Sr. Public Relations Specialist, MD
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The Week

As over 45 million Americans and 967,000 Marylanders hit the roads this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, motorists filled up their tanks paying the highest gas prices for the holiday since 2014.  With most travelers returning home today through Sunday, many will be paying lower prices at the pump than when they filled up their vehicles, before their trip. 


Today’s national gas price average is $2.52 per gallon, which is four cents lower compared to a week ago, but six cents higher than one month ago and 39 cents per gallon more than the price this time last year.


Marylanders returning home will find the average price for gas four cents lower than the national average at $2.48 per gallon, which is three cents less than last week, but nine cents more than last month and 31 cents higher than last year on this date.


West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices rallied this week with the commodity settling above $58 per barrel for the first time since June 2015 at $58.02 on Wednesday. (Markets were closed Thursday, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.) Driving the rally was the latest data from the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) weekly report showing crude stocks down for the week and below last year’s level, as well as a drop in inventories at the Cushing, Oklahoma terminal due to the Keystone Pipeline leak.



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The Weekend

“As travelers return home from their Thanksgiving holiday getaway, many are paying gas prices that are lower than what they paid before leaving on their road trip,” said Ragina Cooper Averella, Manager of Public and Government Affairs.  “Prices should continue to decline in the weeks ahead; however, many variables including the price of oil could reverse the trend.”


The Week Ahead

Demand for gasoline typically declines this time of year so gas prices should continue dropping for the remainder of the year and leading in 2018.  However, all eyes will be on the upcoming OPEC meeting on November 30 in which member and non-member countries will decide whether they will extend oil production cuts beyond their March 2018 agreement.  Based on pre-meeting talks, Russia and OPEC appear agreeable about extending the agreement.


AAA has a variety of resources to help motorists save on fuel:


  • AAA's Member Rewards Visa® Credit Card ( accumulates double points on fuel purchases.


    Next Weekend Gas Watch: Friday, December 1, 2017


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