SOURCE: AAA Texas

December 22, 2006 01:01 ET

AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 22, 2006 -- Holiday travelers will see slightly higher pump prices in Texas, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.

The average retail price of regular, self-serve gasoline in Texas is $2.208, up nearly two cents.

Amarillo has the most expensive gasoline, averaging $2.243 per gallon, which is almost two cents higher than last week. Houston and El Paso share the spotlight for the cheapest gas at $2.175 per gallon.

"More than 86 percent of holiday travelers are planning on driving to their destination during the Christmas-New Year's season," said Rose Rougeau, spokesperson for AAA Texas. "Retail gas prices typically edge up slightly during the holiday season because demand for gasoline goes up around that time."

The national average posted about a four cents increase to $2.291 a gallon.

AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline in Texas.

Average Daily Prices as of 12:01 AM, Dec. 22, 2006:

Area       12/21/06  Weekly  12/14/06  Weekly  12/7/06    Record   Year ago
                     Change            Change              High     Average
           --------  ------  --------  ------  -------  ----------- -------
National    $2.327    +3.6    $2.291    -.09   $2.300     $3.057    $2.208
                      cents             cent                       (9/5/05)
State       $2.208    +1.7    $2.191    -.02   $2.193     $2.964    $2.164
                      cents             cent                       (9/4/05)
Austin -    $2.243    +1.7    $2.226    -2.0   $2.228     $2.918    $2.138
 San Marcos           cents             cents                      (9/6/05)
Amarillo    $2.248    +3.7    $2.211    -4.0   $2.251     $3.035    $2.167
                      cents             cents                      (8/7/06)
Beaumont    $2.193    +1.8    $2.175    -1.1   $2.186     $2.930    $2.158
                      cents             cents                      (9/4/05)
Corpus      $2.150    -0.4    $2.154    -0.9   $2.145     $2.929    $2.078
 Christi              cent              cent                       (9/3/05)
Dallas      $2.206    +1.6    $2.190    -0.4   $2.194     $3.019    $2.190
                      cents             cent                       (9/4/05)
El Paso     $2.175    +0.7    $2.168    -1.6   $2.184     $3.002    $2.163
                      cent              cents                      (8/5/06)
Ft. Worth   $2.197    +1.7    $2.180    -0.6   $2.186     $3.012    $2.180
                      cents             cent                       (9/4/05)
Galveston - $2.181    +2.3    $2.158    +1.4   $2.144     $2.997    $2.157
 Texas City           cents             cents                      (9/4/05)
Houston     $2.175    +2.5    $2.150    +0.2   $2.148     $2.971    $2.160
                      cents             cent                       (9/6/05)
San Antonio $2.180    +1.3    $2.167    +0.8   $2.159     $2.909    $2.090
                      cents             cent                       (9/4/05)
Texarkana   $2.247    +4.0    $2.207    -1.3   $2.220     $2.960    $2.212
 (TX only)            cents             cents                      (8/7/06)

            

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