Experts have been saying that this Thanksgiving will begin one of the busiest holidays in recent history — and crowds are already proving that. The Transportation Security Administration reported that more than 2.2 million passengers passed through airports in the United States on Friday-record. It was the number of people the TSA had tested for in one day since the epidemic began. Tourism sites also see the same type of traffic: Tripit meets almost three times as much as last year, with air bookings increased by 298%, hotels by 258%, holiday rental by 175% and car rental by 390%.
From travel insurance to airline advice to the best travel deals, here’s what you need to know, whether you’re traveling next week or any other holiday season:
Arrive at the airport early. A third of all Thanksgiving travelers will be going to the skies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so expect queues at airports. “Arriving at the airport two hours early is usually a gold standard, but this year I would recommend two and a half hours if possible,” said Jen Moyse, senior product manager at TripIt. According to Tripit, some of the busiest airlines will be San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Denver International Airport (DEN), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) .
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Note the principles of COVID-19. It is a rule that people should wear a mask at airports and airports or in any other form of public transportation in the U.S. — but that is not the only place you will need. “Make sure you carry a mask when visiting regular hotel locations such as a reception area or restaurant, and carry your vaccination card or COVID negative test results when you leave or leave (securely closed) in case you hope to visit. it needs one, ”said Moyse.
Pack light. If possible, carry your bags on the plane, as luggage checking can be time-consuming (and costly). Another advantage: You do not have to wait for your turn to arrive, so your vacation can start immediately.
Think of travel insurance. Is it too late to get travel insurance to cover travel delays or interruptions? “The simple answer is that you can get travel insurance the day before (even the day) of your trip, however, your options for getting help will be very limited,” said Meghan Kayata, a spokeswoman for InsureMyTrip.