Delaware gas prices surge over the holiday period

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Delaware gasoline prices surged over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA figures.

On Monday, the price for regular in Delaware was $2.33, an increase of a penny overnight and up 15 cents in the last week, AAA Mid-Atlantic reported on Monday.

New Jersey reported lower gas prices than Delaware despite motorists in that state paying nearly 30 cents more per gallon in fuel taxes.

Other Monday gas prices.
  • Pennsylvaniagas average at $2.52 today, unchanged overnight and up seven cents in the last week.
  • New Jersey gas average at$2.27 today, unchanged overnight and up six cents in the last week.
  • Maryland gas average at $2.31 today, up a penny overnight and up eight cents in the last week.
  • Philadelphia (five-county) areagas average at $2.50 today, unchanged overnight and up seven cents in the last week.
  • National gas average at $2.12 today, unchanged overnight and up two cents in the last week.

“Typically, cheaper gas prices are an incentive for people to travel during a holiday weekend, but that is just not the case this year,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “AAA forecasted a decrease in Thanksgiving travel year-over-year due to increasing Covid-19 positive case numbers, renewed quarantine guidelines, and the latest CDC guidance. All of this has prompted Americans, who had plans to travel, to reconsider spending the holiday at home.”

Gasoline demand remains sluggish, with refineries in the region running well below capacity.

To check out gas prices in your neighborhood, log on to AAA’s Fuel Price Finder (http://www.AAA.com/fuelfinder).

Gas prices can vary widely. For example, in the Bear-Christiana area, prices ranged from $2 a gallon at Costco and BJ’s membership clubs in New Castle County to $2.40 at a Wawa location on Route 40. Membership clubs charge a $55 to $60 annual fee.

When the gap in gas prices widens, it does not take that long to recoup the membership fee.

Another fuel price resource is GasBuddy, which reported a $1.85 a gallon price at Hartly DE. That price moved up to $2.30 on Sunday.

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