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 A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)