Experts are already warning that this Thanksgiving may be one of the busiest, and most chaotic, on record, as millions of Americans travel for the first time, post-pandemic. This means usually-busy travel volumes will ratchet up even more — so if you have to travel, how do you survive?
First, avoid the busiest travel days. These are yesterday (hopefully you weren’t stranded in an airport) and this Sunday, November 27th. The slowest day for travel will be on Thanksgiving itself — but that doesn’t mean it’s slow. Millions of travelers are expected to be en route, but it’s still your best option if you can leave early and make it in time for turkey.
Second, avoid the busiest airports. Atlanta (ATL), Dallas Fort-Worth (DFW) and Denver (DEN) airports are predicted to be the busiest, with each expecting more than a million travelers a piece. Mornings will most likely be the busiest time, so if you are traveling then, try to arrive very early. Additionally, Newark Airport (EWR), Dallas Love Field (DAL) and Miami Airport (MIA) will likely experience service disruptions, as they were the most affected last year and during the summer. Chicago Midway (MDW) and Houston (HOU) will also likely be affected.
If you need to fly out of these — or any airports — experts recommend booking the first flight of the day out, as these are less likely to be impacted by flight delays and disruptions. Travelers should also consider adding a buffer day in between flights and holiday plans where possible, so any disruptions won’t get in the way of family time.
Finally, keep the weather in mind — if your destination is a cold one, flights there could be impacted by snow or ice.
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