Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year, kicking off the holiday season with lots of turkey and quality time with family. As relaxing as this holiday can be, traveling around Thanksgiving is anything but — especially if you’re braving the hordes of travels at the airport.
Thanksgiving has always been considered one of the worst times to travel. However, AAA predicts this year will be the busiest Thanksgiving travel season since 2007, with more than 48.7 million Americans expected to hit the roads and take to the skies between Wednesday, Nov. 23 and Sunday Nov. 27.
Of the nearly 50 million Americans expected to be traveling this holiday week, an estimated 27.3 million of those travelers are expected to fly, according to a report from Airlines for America. That’s an increase of 2.5 percent compared with last year — roughly 55,000 more passengers.
Large crowds of holiday fliers can trigger long airport lines, jammed overhead bins, and make it tough to get on another flight if your original one is delayed or canceled.
While you won’t be able to avoid the millions of Americans hitting the blue skies, there are some ways to make the trip a little less stressful.
Here are a few airport and flight travel tips that will help save you both money and time, and keep you stay healthy and sane this Thanksgiving holiday.