COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- It's on marquees at gas stations across town. Prices for regular gas peaking at almost 3 dollars a gallon. It's a gift travelers desperately want to send packing on Santa's sleigh
"It's robbery it's no reason for the prices to go up the way they have, you know how they can justify the increase,"
"Quietly prices have gone up for me I have to put premium in my car so I pay anywhere between $3.30- $3.40 per gallon, so I have to pay 40 to 50 bucks to fill my tank up," one holiday traveler said.
The south isn't alone, AAA says gas prices across the nation are up. This is the first time since 2008 that gas prices have been above three dollars.
"I'm on the road now and I just had to put a whole bunch of money and put in half a tank and that was 25 dollars."
This year's gas hike is a three percent increase from prices in 2009 that tapped out at about two dollars and sixty cents per gallon nationally.
The 40 cent increase on this year's gas prices set a record for this time of year. AAA reports that gas prices are at their highest ever during the holiday season.
People out at the pump today say that it's too late to plan a stay-cation this year.
"I think that the recent increase in prices has happened pretty quickly. I'd say over the past couple of weeks really, I think that some people might have had plans and are just ticking with them and biting the bullet its probably biting in to people's budget."
"I mean they are not going to let this stop them, I mean this is Christmas they are going to go where family is."