According to AAA, nearly half of all Americans will travel at least 50 miles to attend a Thanksgiving dinner. This means there will be thousands upon thousands of Americans hitting the road and flying the skies. But, there are a few Thanksgiving travel myths that circulate each year that make Thanksgiving travel sound worse than it really is.
- The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest airline travel day of the year. While the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is certainly busy, it isn’t the business day of the year. The real busiest day of the year actually varies from year to year, but usually falls sometime in July or August.
- The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest car travel day of the year. Again, it may seem like it, but the busiest time of the year is actually in the summer. However, if you’re driving on Wednesday, plan to leave early to skip a lot of the rush.
- Thanksgiving flights have the most delays. While it may feel like you’ve been sitting on the tarmac forever, Thanksgiving flights aren’t the most delayed. Summer thunderstorms and winter snow cause more delays than the Thanksgiving holiday.
- Last minute airfare deals don’t exist around Thanksgiving. Admittedly, you might not be able to find a cheap flight to head home, but if you want to go on a last-minute vacation over the Thanksgiving weekend, you should be able to find something inexpensive.
- You can’t use frequent flier miles. If a flight is sold-out, no number of miles or points can get you on that flight. However, if you book early enough, you should be able to redeem your rewards; however, it may cost you more than the same flight at a different time of year. Consider looking at flexible dates to save some of your points.
Are you planning on travelling for Thanksgiving this year?