The Thanksgiving holiday in the United States is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year. Every year millions of people get on the road, or catch flights on Wednesday afternoon, and find themselves in a crush of humanity that often greatly extends travel time. But with a few easy tips, you can make holiday travel a breeze.
Jeanenne Tornatore (Senior Travel Editor for ‘Orbitz.com’) tells Marlo Thomas that her number one tip for making Thanksgiving travel easier is avoiding the peak travel times: Wednesday afternoon and Sunday for the return trip. She even suggests, if possible, leaving early Thanksgiving morning, if possible. The airports are much less congested, as are the roads. When returning, try Saturday, or, if you can get work off, a Monday return is even better.
If you do need to fly on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Tornatore recommends taking the earliest flight possible. This is actually true of any major flying period, but particularly so during the holidays. The first flight of the day is likely to be on time versus mid-day flights. They are also likely to be slightly less crowded, even for busy holiday travel.
Also, Tornatore suggests taking a look at regional airports. They often have lower cost carriers offering travel deals that you won’t find with the bigger airlines flying into the hub airports.
For other helpful tips for making your Thanksgiving travel experience easier, check out Jeanenne Tornatore’s video for ‘MarloThomas.com.’ Happy traveling!