Are you one of the millions of people who plan on traveling over this Thanksgiving holiday? Think it is too early to plan? Think again. Start planning now for the busiest travel season of the year and find yourself having a hassle-free trip that will also keep your wallet fat. Along with a big dose of patience, use these tips to help put a successful Thanksgiving travel plan in place.
1. Research the Best Travel Deals Now
Getting a good rate for your Thanksgiving Day airfare requires booking tickets early: to get the best rates on the best airline, it is essential to know how the airline industry really works. To secure the very best airfare possible, do your research now. If you do this early on, you can save hundreds of dollars. Book your flights now! This is the last week before airline ticket prices begin to rise due to surging demand. Use Hipmunk to find some great travel deals.
One must always be prepared to make changes to plans. The more flexible you are on your departure and arrival dates for your Thanksgiving holidays, the better the deal you will get. In fact, if your schedule permits, why not travel a few days before or a few days after Thanksgiving? This is usually less crowded and stressful. Another advantage of reserving your Thanksgiving flight early is it will likely cost considerably less because you won’t be traveling during peak travel days.
3. Timing is Everything
The busier the airport, the more time you need to allow to get to there and make it through the long lines. This very well means that you have to leave your house earlier than you normally would. It is important to remember that during this holiday break, there are thousands of others just like you that are making their way to the airport, so traffic is bound to be congested. It’s ideal to arrive at the airport with at least two hours to spare before your flight is scheduled to depart. Prepare in advance if flight delays and cancellations are likely due to inclement weather or other issues with travel insurance.
Given that it is the busiest day travel day of the year, airline schedules do get routinely shifted on Thanksgiving Day. Call ahead or check your airline’s website an hour or so before embarking on your journey. You could save yourself hours of time wasted waiting at the airport. If you’ve never printed your boarding pass and checked in to your flight online before, now might be the ideal time to give it a go because it will save you lots of time and aggravation. Most airlines now provide mobile apps that make this process seamless. One popular app is the Delta Airlines app.
5. Road Trips
If you’re driving, make sure you are prepared before heading out. Check your vehicle’s fluid levels, oil, brakes, and radiator. Check all of the hoses. If any are frayed, cracked, mushy or leaking, have them replaced. If accessible, squeeze the hose. For safety bring a cell phone and road map. Thanksgiving travel can be tedious, especially for kids so bring something to pass the time like movies, tablets, and coloring books. If you’re renting a car at your destination, rental car insurance will save you money if an unexpected accident occurs.
Be safe this Thanksgiving season as more travelers hit the roads and skies. Most of all, enjoy that turkey