About 47 million Americans journeyed 50 miles or more from home last year, the highest number of travelers since 2007. This is a 0.6 percent increase over the previous year, and marks the seventh consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel, according to AAA Travel. Airlines carried more than 27 million passengers over the 4-day holiday, a 2.5 percent increase.
Passengers can take several steps to prevent as many bad situations as possible. You can never book a flight too early, avoid checking your bags and flying into alternative airports are a few of them.
If your travel plans in the past have gone terribly wrong—or worse, if you have a history of not planning at all, then it’s time to make a major change. Instead of rushing only to sit in traffic or miss your flight, a bit of planning in advance (and leaving a few minutes ahead of schedule) could save you a lot of frustration.