Squelch these myths about Thanksgiving travel

November 3, 2015

McLEAN, Va. (11/3/15)--Rumor has it that the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest air travel day of the year. A different summer day, usually in July or August, actually ends up being the busiest travel day each year, according to the Department of Transportation. More travelers have opted to travel Thanksgiving morning versus the day before (USAToday Oct. 27).

Here are other Thanksgiving travel myths to note:

  • The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year to travel by car--The day before Thanksgiving ranks within the top 10 busiest travel days of the year, but summer peak travel days are busier. The roads still will be crowded the day before Thanksgiving, so to cut down on travel stress get an early start. Travel peaks between 3 and 5 p.m.;
  • You won’t find last-minute travel deals this time of year--If you just want to get away and don’t necessarily care about destination, you can find last-minute travel deals. Some popular tourist destinations aren’t as busy during the Thanksgiving holiday because may people travel “home for the holidays.” Don’t forget about international travel deals as well;
  • You can’t use frequent-flier miles this time of year--You won’t be able to use your miles on sold-out flights, but if you have a flexible schedule and can fly out a few days earlier or later than planned, you might be able to use miles; and
  • There are more flight delays on the day before Thanksgiving than any other day--From January to August 2015, roughly 22% of flights were delayed. The three-year average for flight delays the day before Thanksgiving is 19%.

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