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How gas prices might be impacting travel plans

As prices reach record-level highs, travelers are questioning how they might be impacting their spring and summer plans.

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. — Gas prices continue to climb day after day.

"I'm like oh, over $4, oh this one is even higher, oh this one is even higher," said Alexandra Belska of Meriden.

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For those hitting the road, the record-level prices have them questioning their travel plans. One traveler making the drive from Ohio to New Hampshire said he was on a work trip and won't be making long drives like that on his own dime until prices go back down.

"I would not do it, personally," said Al Cynti of Marrietta, OH. "I have my truck, it costs almost 100 dollars now to fill it up and I'm like not too happy about that."

According to AAA, bookings for spring trips are up 211% over the last year with one of the top destinations being Orlando, FL. Right now the drive from Hartford to Orlando and back in the FOX61 car would cost about $304 according to GasBuddy's trip calculator.

"Shop around because first of all prices are still volatile there may be lower stations," said Patrick Dehaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

If you're flying, there's a bit of good news. Experts said they're not seeing the same impact.

"At least not in the short term. Right now where we're seeing huge increases at the pump, it's not happening to the airfares. Usually, that takes several months before we start seeing that," said Valerie French of French's Worldwide Travel.

However, due to more people traveling, supply and demand issues are still hiking prices up. At French's Worldwide Travel in Newington, their advice is to book soon.

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There's no need to worry about any extra fees associated with higher gas prices once you've already bought your ticket, even if you've done so months in advance.

"The good news is the airlines can't come back to you after the fact and charge you an additional fuel surcharge. Once you've bought your ticket you're locked in and you know what the price is," said French.

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Experts do recommend you consider other travel-related costs that are being affected, like renting a car once you get to your destination and if you're flexible choose somewhere you won't need to drive much.

Gaby Molina is a reporter and anchor at FOX61 News. She can be reached at mmolina@fox61.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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