Thanksgiving is one of the most traveled holidays in the United States, with millions of Americans going from here to there. It doesn’t matter if you are driving across town to eat turkey or flying internationally, there are going to be crowds to deal with. If you would like to minimize your stress when traveling this holiday season, you can be strategic when choosing the days that you hit the road.
Most people will be driving to their destination on Thanksgiving. The worst congestion will typically be seen in major cities during the evening commute hours. As the days leading up to Thanksgiving get closer to the big day, many people try to leave in the evening after work so they don’t have to burn an extra vacation day.
If you want to avoid the worst traffic, get started early in the morning and travel on Thanksgiving day, Friday, or Saturday. The same is also true if you’re driving to the airport to take a flight. Allow some extra drive time to get there so you don’t miss your flight.
The most expensive days to fly around Thanksgiving this year are the Friday before, as well as the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving according to Cheap Air. If you are trying to save money, avoid the Sunday after Thanksgiving because it tends to be the most expensive. Flying home one day later may save you an average of $110 per ticket. If you wait until the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, you may save as much as $240 or more per ticket.
You are likely to see long lines at security and large crowds the Sunday after Thanksgiving 2019. Those lines will grow because 50% of airline travelers will try to make it home on that day according to Hipmunk. 45% of travelers are going to be departing for their trip the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, so keep that in mind as well.
If you are looking for the lowest average price per ticket and the easiest days to fly, consider flying on Thanksgiving day. On average, a ticket for those traveling from Wednesday to Sunday is about $500. If you leave on Thanksgiving day and return on Friday, you may be able to save up to $176 per person.
The holidays can be stressful, and traveling on the holidays only adds to that stress. By planning things out to avoid congestion and save some money in the process, you can reduce your stress and enjoy the holidays to their full potential.