Holiday travel is synonymous with stress, panic and anger, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
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.
We turned to frequent travelers and travel industry experts to get the scoop on making Thanksgiving travel a little less stressful. Whether you’re planning on flying or driving, there are a few things you can do to make the trip that much easier.
Book Flights Sooner Rather than Later
“The sooner you book, the more affordable your flight will be,” said CheapOair’s Travel Expert Tom Spagnola. “Consumers should book their Thanksgiving travel now for the most affordable travel options. The longer you wait to book your travel, the higher tickets will be.”
“Flexibility is key when booking last-minute flights. For example, the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday following Thanksgiving are typical travel days for people,” Spagnola said. That means those days are going to be in high demand. “If there are ways that the passengers could leave earlier the week of Thanksgiving or book return flights the following week, that would yield a tremendous cost savings.”