According to industry experts, over 25 million Americans will be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday this year. (This is an increase of 3% since last year.) The good news? Over-all prices are down because of larger aircraft and more routes being offered — meaning the competition for passengers has increased. The bad news? Airports are going to be mad-houses and last minute airline tickets may be harder to find for your specific route and days of travel.
Additionally, a recent Consumer Affairs article states that the busiest travel days this year (2015) will be Wednesday, November 25th; Sunday, November 29th; and, Monday, November 30th. So, if you’re one of the procrastinators who gets shut out of ideal travel dates and times this Thanksgiving, try booking your flights for Tuesday, November 24th and Saturday, November 28th — you might just luck out!
Furthermore, keep in mind that most people are not frequent travelers and, patience is gong to be required from everyone. Do your part to help keep lines moving by having all documents (confirmation number or physical tickets plus your passport or other form of ID) out and ready when you check-in. Additionally, it is is important to know that most airlines have luggage fees and it is essential that you know your carrier’s policies including baggage charges (or surcharges in the case of extra luggage being checked) before you arrive. (Do note that some airlines will allow you to pre-pay your luggage and other collect fees when you physically check your luggage.) If you aren’t sure of your airline carrier’s policy, contact them or check their website before you depart for the airport.
Lastly, do remember the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) limits the amount of liquid that can be brought in carry-on luggage. This is known as the 3-1-1 liquid rule, and, more travel tips are available on the TSA website. Also, do check with your airline carrier on the status of your flight before heading to the airport. Airline flight status can be checked online at sites such as FlightStats or you can call your airline carrier directly for flight status updates. Happy travels!