Tips for Surviving Holiday Travel
There’s not much good news for fliers this Thanksgiving. Airports will be packed, planes will have few - if any - empty seats and you might sit apart from a loved one, unless you pay extra.
During the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period, 25.1 million people are projected to fly, an increase of 1.5 percent from last year, according to Airlines for America, the industry’s trade and lobbying group.
That would make this the busiest year since 2007, when an estimated 26 million people flew over the holiday period.
The busiest travel day will be Sunday, Dec. 1, with an estimated 2.56 million passengers, followed by Wednesday, Nov. 27, with 2.42 million passengers. In case you were wondering, the slowest travel day is Thanksgiving itself, with just 1.44 million people expected to fly.
But don’t fret, there are some things you can do - in some cases paying a little extra - to make your trip more pleasant, or to at least buffer the damage if something goes wrong.