Yay! The holiday season is here and you are planning your travel during the months of November and December — along with millions of other people. To make matters worse, tickets during the holidays are pricey and seats sell out like hotcakes because many people are doing the same thing as you: visiting loved ones for the holiday.
One of the busiest days you should avoid this year is December 22, the Saturday before Christmas. It is the single busiest day to fly during this holiday season, with almost 3.1 million scheduled passengers set to fly from out of U.S. airports. So, if you plan on flying out before the holidays, make sure you avoid these six worst days to travel.
6 of the Worst Days to Travel for the Holidays
- Wednesday, November 21, 2018: By now almost everyone has already booked their tickets to fly out for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for airlines and the Wednesday before is a horrible time to fly. Try to fly out either on a Monday or Tuesday to avoid the chaos.
- Sunday, November 25, 2018: Coming home after the Thanksgiving holiday is going to be no joke either. Everyone one will book their flight home on Sunday to make the most of Thanksgiving weekend with their family.
- Saturday, December 22, 2018: Christmas lands on a Tuesday this year, so leaving on a Saturday might seem like a good idea to beat the crowds, but many people have the same idea as you. If possible, try to leave a day or two before that Saturday to beat the lines.
- Sunday, December 23, 2018: The entire weekend before Christmas is going to be crowded. The 23rd is almost guaranteed to have long TSA lines and even lines for using the restroom. Along with that is the added stress of potential flight delays and cancellations that’ll make for the perfect holly and jolly Christmas this year.
- Monday, December 24, 2018: Last-minute flights are always going to be hectic. Not only are you in a rush to get on that plan, but many others are on the same quest as you, making for extremely long lines and one irritated passenger (you).
- Friday, December 28, 2018: Since Christmas has passed and it’s now time to head home, you better believe that everyone else is too. If you can, try to leave from your X-mas celebrations early or wait to leave for your New Year’s vacation on the 29th or 30th.
- Wednesday, January 2, 2019: The day after New Year’s will be the last worst day of the holiday season because you and everyone else is going to try and get back home in order to go to work the next day. If you can, schedule your flight back home a day or two after the new year to avoid the long lines and expensive airfare as well.
Flying for the holidays is never fun, and standing in long lines and having to pay extra for the convenience only makes matters worse. Avoid the agony of waiting and paying extra by avoiding these days — you’ll be glad you did. Fly smart and be safe during the holidays.
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Meads, J. (2018, June 14). 5 of the Worst Days to Travel During the Holidays. Retrieved from https://www.dufl.com/2017/12/5-worst-holiday-travel-days/