Crowded airports and flight delays are inevitable part of almost everyone’s holiday travel experience. At no time is the risk of a delayed flight higher than over the Thanksgiving break.
You can reduce your chances of being stuck at the airport, or on the tarmac, both by looking at the past performance of various carriers and airports, and knowing which travel days are most prone to delays.
RewardExpert analyzed Department of Transportation data published by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics over the past five years to give travelers a better idea of where and when the most delays have been reported, and which airlines are most likely to get you to your destination on-time.
On-time performance of the top domestic airlines at the 45 busiest airports in the U.S. during the 11-day period around Thanksgiving has been assessed, determining the best and worst days to travel during the five days before and after the holiday. Monthly airline on-time performance data for the five-year period from 2011-2016 was analyzed as well.
The average percentage of flights that departed and arrived on-time for each airline, airport, and day, each year was then calculated.