6 Tips for Low-Stress Thanksgiving Travel

Turkey trotting. Turkey stuffing. Turkey carving. Thanksgiving traditions bring us together—and this year, many people will be reuniting with loved ones they didn’t get to celebrate with in 2020.  But a return to holiday travel can also mean a return to the stress that comes along with it. To help, I’ve rounded up six tips that can mitigate the potential stressors associated with traveling during the busy holiday season.  1. Fly on off-peak days  According to recent TripIt data, the busiest days for Thanksgiving flight departures will be the Friday (14% of departures), Saturday (15%), Tuesday (16%), and Wednesday (17%) before Thanksgiving—making the Sunday, Monday, and Thanksgiving Day itself the most desirable days to fly if you’re looking to avoid crowds.  Read more: TripIt Data: Thanksgiving 2021 Travel Volume Nearly Triple 2020 2. Plan ahead for long lines at airport security  Recent data from TripIt also shows that some airports will be busier than others for Thanksgiving travel. If you’re planning to fly to, through, or from one of these airports, you’ll want to plan ahead for long lines and crowds:  San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Denver International Airport (DEN) Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) Chicago …

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TripIt Data: Thanksgiving 2021 Travel Volume Nearly Triple 2020

As the first Thanksgiving approaches since vaccine rollouts began in the United States, we were eager to dig into TripIt reservation data to see if we should expect yet another highly traveled holiday. And what we found is that cooling U.S. concerns around the Delta variant paired with increasing traveler optimism could make for the most highly trafficked holiday since the pandemic began. TripIt analyzed U.S. origin lodging, rental car, and flight reservations made by our TripIt users for Thanksgiving travel and compared the findings to equivalent booking periods in 2020 and 2019.  Our data shows Thanksgiving 2021 travel will be nearly triple the volume of last year across most categories, and while still not quite at pre-pandemic levels, flight (52% vs. 2019), lodging (65% vs. 2019), and vacation rental (59% vs. 2019) volumes are at the highest rates we’ve seen for holiday travel this year. We also found that Americans are starting to return to their more usual holiday destinations and more usual stay lengths. See what else we uncovered in the analysis below. Current Percentage of Flight Reservations Compared to Years Prior 2021 Flights (All) 2021 Flights(Domestic) 2021 Flights(Int’l) 2021 Car Rentals 2021 Lodging 2021 Vacation Rentals Compared …

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