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Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, but for many of us, getting to the celebration can be a huge pain.

Busiest Airports Over The Thanksgiving Holiday

In an effort to make holiday travel a little easier, Hopper and InsureMyTrip released data around the busiest airports this Thanksgiving. If you’re flying out of one of them, make sure you give yourself extra time not only to get through security, but also to account for traffic at the airport, finding parking if you’re leaving your car, etc.

Here are the key trends that they found:

  • Busiest day to depart for Thanksgiving: Wednesday, November 21

  • Busiest day to return from Thanksgiving: Sunday, November 25

Top Busiest Airports & Times (local time):

  • Atlanta (ATL) - 8:00am

  • Los Angeles (LAX) - 7:00am

  • Chicago (ORD) - 6:00pm

  • Dallas (DFW) - 9:00am

  • Denver (DEN) - 10:00am

  • New York (JFK) - 6:00pm

While the Thanksgiving travel period is a busy time of year, airlines are improving their on-time performance track records. According to the companies, last year, airlines reported the lowest percentage of canceled flights, since at least 2009.

Some good news for us!


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