Tip Tuesday, Transportation

Thanksgiving Travel Planning

Here we go again! The busiest travel time of the year in the U.S. is Thanksgiving, where 2017 expects to see a record 28.5 million people to fly on U.S. airlines between Friday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 28.

According to Travel + Leisure, the Sunday after Turkey Day—November 26—to be the busiest of all with an estimated 2.88 million people taking to the skies. Fewer passengers are expected the following Monday and Tuesday. A record 28.5 million people will fly on U.S. airlines between Friday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 28, according to the organization’s estimates. That’s an increase of 69,000 passengers—or 3%—from last year. Thanksgiving Day falls on Thursday, November 23 this year. Some good notes for surviving the travel crush this year include:

*Please get Global Entry or TSA PreCheck already!!

*Fly direct. Holidays are notorious for late departures and busy airports, and you could miss your connecting flight.

*Don’t fly back the day after Thanksgiving. It’s the second busiest travel day of the year

*Got a delay or cancellation? Cool off in one of the more than 500 airport lounge listed on LoungeBuddy: an app that helps you locate pay-as-you-go and free lounges in airports worldwide.

*Build in a little R&R while waiting for your boarding call at airports across the globe. There’s the JetBlue lounge at JFK in New York, where guests can drop in for a quick Swedish massage or manicure, and Xpress Spa’s mobile app spa treatments at more than 50 locations

*Keep entertained. Pre-download movies/music/podcasts before you get to the airport incase wifi is bad (which is usually is). And some airlines are switching to all-app based entertainment, no more seat TV’s, so do it before!

*Stay active: ClassPass members may not know about the program’s biggest perk: access to classes in all ClassPass cities.

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie Mitchell is the founder and content director of L’Aventure Travel. She has traveled to over 40 countries, is the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We: The Adventures of Owen and Lucy”. A writer, producer, entrepreneur, and communications strategist, Carrie is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world.