Honkin' Mad

Where to find cheap gas in Texas, just in time for Christmas travel

Gasoline drips from a nozzle at gas station Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, in Lake Oswego, Ore. Oil prices hit a new nine-month high Thursday as the dollar fell and U.S. gas pump prices climbed closer to $4 a gallon, the highest ever for this time of year. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) ORG XMIT: ORRB109
Gasoline drips from a nozzle at gas station Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, in Lake Oswego, Ore. Oil prices hit a new nine-month high Thursday as the dollar fell and U.S. gas pump prices climbed closer to $4 a gallon, the highest ever for this time of year. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) ORG XMIT: ORRB109 AP

Christmas travelers are getting an extra gift this Christmas — cheap gas.

But how long will the trend last? Will the Grinch spoil it?

In Fort Worth, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2 a gallon, 17 cents cheaper than last holiday season, according to AAA.

But while the lower prices at the pumps are coming just in time for Yuletide road trips, don’t expect them to stick around much beyond the new year.

“Cheaper gas prices may not last long into 2019 as OPEC recently announced production cuts that aim to reduce global crude supply and could increase oil and gas prices in the United States,” AAA Texas spokesman Daniel Armbruster said in an email.

In the Lone Star State, 9.1 million people are expected to travel for the holidays, AAA estimates. Most of those travelers — 8.4 million people — will go in an automobile. Another 412,000 will fly and 251,000 will use trains, buses and other modes.

The holiday travel period is Dec. 22 through Jan. 1.

Statewide, the average price of a gallon of gas is $2.07 as of Thursday. Midland drivers are paying the highest prices on average — $2.63 — while Amarillo motorists are paying the cheapest at $1.92.

Nationally, regular unleaded averages $2.40 a gallon.

Here is some more Fort Worth-area gas price data for you:

  • On Thursday, gas was $1.78 a gallon at both the Costco on Overton Ridge Road in southwest Fort Worth and the Sam’s Club on Bryant Irvin Road, according to the social media site Gas Buddy.

  • In north Fort Worth, gas was $1.79 at Kroger on Blue Mound Road and Basswood Boulevard.

  • In Arlington, gas was $1.88 a gallon at both the RaceTrac on South Cooper Street and the QuikTrip on West Harris Road.

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Gordon Dickson joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1997. He is passionate about hard news reporting, and his beats include transportation, growth, urban planning, aviation, real estate, jobs, business trends. He is originally from El Paso, and loves food, soccer and long drives.
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