The #Thanksgiving Holiday season is a favorite time for people to get together with #family and it’s always a hectic time to travel. People all over the country will travel during the Holiday season. Some will go far, some not so far. This year, air travel promises to be tougher because of the recent attacks in France.
Airports are always packed this time of year, but some will be more congested than others. If you can… try to avoid airports this Thanksgiving. But I know most people have already purchased their tickets, so I thought I’d post this list so you can plan accordingly.
Orbitz came out with a list of the ten airports expected to be the busiest This Thanksgiving Season. Here’s the List.
- Los Angeles International (LAX)
- Chicago O’Hare International (ORD)
- San Francisco International (SFO)
- Denver International (DEN)
- Boston Logan International (BOS)
- John F. Kennedy International (JFK)
- Orlando International (MCO)
- Newark Liberty International (EWR)
- Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW)
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)
Helpful Hints for Flying During the Holidays
Orbitz suggests travelers fly out on Thanksgiving Day and return on Monday, the 30th to beat the crowds. Or, you might consider flying into or out of nearby regional airports,
- If you can fly out of a smaller airport, it can make a ton of difference, especially this time of year. Holidays are a great time to fly out of regional airports. You will save on everything– parking, rental cars, traffic to and from and nearby hotels. Also, keep in mind that smaller airports see fewer flights and, this means fewer delays, Hmmm fewer delays is reason enough by itself to check on this option
- Try to pack everything into your carry-on and don’t check any baggage — this strategy will also save you money on the high price of checked bags. However keep in mind the TSA rules about liquids and gels. The regulations are, you may bring liquids and gels in 3.4-ounce or smaller containers, packed within a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. You’re also allowed to bring any liquids (such as coffee or water) or gels purchased after you go through a security checkpoint onto your plane with you. If you want to bring more than the 3.4-ounce amount, you’ll have to pack the items in your checked luggage.
- Travel early, or late in the day. Airports are usually not as packed (no pun intended) early in the morning, or late at night when most people are at home sleep. Flights that begin at the crack of dawn or late evening are less likely to be delayed. Airports are less crowded after the afternoon and evening peak traffic are over.
- My last piece of advice is to leave early. Many of the delays families traveling during the holidays face, come from the– (glad it’s there)– heightened security during check-in. Next add in traffic jams, and full parking lots to late shuttle buses, and long lines. Leave early, give your family plenty of time. You will save yourself lots of stress, and your trip will be worry free if you take the time to include time in your planning.
Los Angeles International (LAX) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) will be the busiest airports for the third consecutive year based on the Orbitz® Insider Index, which analyzed the Orbitz.com® flight booking data of the top 50 U.S. airports over the Thanksgiving travel period (Nov. 25 – 30, 2015)….“With travel expected to be up six percent, those heading to airports this Thanksgiving will need to build in extra time to account for bigger crowds and longer lines,” said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor of Orbitz.com. “As expected, Wednesday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 29 will be the busiest of the weekend.
Have a safe and Happy Holiday season, God be with you until we meet again.