If you often fly home for the holidays, then you’re aware of how hectic the airport can be at this time of year. And with Thanksgiving fast approaching, you may be dreading your upcoming trip. But family is important and you shouldn’t let the crowds deter you from seeing your loved ones! That being said, there are a few things you can do to make things easier on yourself. Here are some tips for flying at this stressful time of year.
Try to Fly On Off Days
Many people fly just before the holiday on Tuesday or Wednesday due to time constraints. If you have the option, though, try to fly on off days such as Monday or, if you can swing it, the morning of Thanksgiving itself. The airports are usually much quieter on a holiday than right before it. The same goes for heading back—many people will be going back that weekend. If you’re able to wait for Monday, you’ll have an easier time.
Consider Early or Late Flights
If you need to fly on a crowded day but find crowds too stressful, another option is to book a flight early in the morning or late at night. The crowds will be thinner at the beginning and end of the day since people don’t want to wake up early or drive in the dark.
Arrive Early and Be Prepared
It’s always important to leave yourself enough time to get through security, but this is doubly true at peak fly times. There may be long lines to check-in and go through security, so be sure to leave yourself enough time to get through them. Be sure to also do as much as you can beforehand to streamline the process. For example, check in online before arrival, avoid checking a bag if possible and be sure to weigh your bag if you do to avoid dealing with an overweight bag.