Holly Jolly Gas Prices!

Holiday budgets ‘ring ting ting a ling’ thanks to lower gas prices


“Fuel tide” cheer is in the air as gas prices continue to fall. This week, the statewide average fell 2.2 cents to $2.358 per gallon. Nationwide, prices shed 2.4 cents to $2.453.

“Arizona drivers are finding themselves on Santa’s nice list this year, as low demand and increased fuel production have pushed gas prices lower over the past month,” said Michelle Donati, spokesperson for AAA Arizona. “This is the gift that will keep on giving this year, as we expect pump prices to continue to drop during the holiday season.”

Today, AAA revealed its forecast for the year-end holidays, which revealed more than 107 million Americans will travel between Saturday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 1. The majority of travelers – 91 percent – will drive to their holiday destinations.

Alabama and California hold the lowest and highest average price for the lower 48 states at $2.197 and $3.117 per gallon.

Arizona metro prices are listed from lowest to highest in the chart below.

City Today’s price Change from last week Change from last month Last year’s price
Tucson $2.253 -2.5 -7.0 $2.023
East Valley $2.293 -2.4 -2.9 $2.044
Phoenix $2.297 -2.4 -4.7 $2.034
Glendale $2.313 -1.9 -3.7 $2.038
Yuma $2.320 -4.9 -8.5 $2.102
Peoria $2.336 -3.2 -3.4 $2.027
Sierra Vista-Douglas $2.368 -3.2 -3.0 $2.196
Scottsdale $2.423 -1.2 -0.5 $2.154
Lake Havasu-Kingman $2.508 -3.5 -5.0 $2.236
Prescott $2.508 -1.4 -4.5 $2.273
Flagstaff $2.580 -1.0 -1.5 $2.318
Statewide $2.358 -2.2 -4.3 $2.107
National $2.453  -2.4 -10.8 $2.225

In time for year-end road trip planning, AAA has added new tools to GasPrices.AAA.com to provide more comprehensive gas price data and insight to motorists and journalists. Enhanced features to the Top Trends page allows visitors to sort data in various way, including the ability to query gas prices at the state metro level. With the addition of 175 new metropolitan areas and corresponding gas prices, state coverage is more comprehensive. In addition, each state now touts county gas price averages via a state heat map. Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.