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Anna Bryukhanova/istock

You can hope the memory of your baked yams with the marshmallow topping is so compelling that your relatives don’t recall what they paid for the rental car last year when they flew in for Thanksgiving.

The AAA says rental car prices have increased by 40 percent at airports and pick-up locations in the region since Thanksgiving of 2012. Renters will pay an average of $71 in weekend daily car rental rates in comparison to $49 for the same time period last year.

“It is not too late to find discount car rental rates at low-priced independent operators, and that’s a measure of good news for those local holiday travelers searching for a car to rent for Thanksgiving,” said Carrie Norman of AAA. “Rates are all over the map, and bargain hunters can slice their costs in half. As a rule of thumb, it is normally cheaper to book your rental car reservation at an off-airport location. So do your homework before you rent a car during this upcoming holiday travel period.”

For the 72,900 people who plan to fly elsewhere from Washington this weekend, Norman had happier news: “If you are flying to your destination and then renting a car, you can find cheaper rates in other areas of the country.”