15 Tips to Make Thanksgiving Travel a Breeze

Travelers can take several steps to prevent as many bad situations as possible

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If your Thanksgiving plans include traveling, whether by plane or car, you need to know how to cope with the imminent nightmare and chaos.

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.

Travelers’ biggest concern is finding a cheaper flight, getting to their destination in time, not waiting for hours to pass security checkpoints, and canceled or delayed flights.

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.

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