The Thanksgiving travel rush is back with some new habits

The Thanksgiving travel rush returned this year as people boarded planes, putting aside worries about inflation to reunite with loved ones and enjoy some normalcy after two seasons of holidays marked by the restrictions of the COVID-19.

However, changing habits around work and play could spread out the crowds and reduce the usual stress of holiday travel. Experts say many people will start their holiday trips early or come home later than usual because they’ll be working remotely for a few days, or at least they’re telling their heads they’re working remotely. The busiest travel days during Thanksgiving week are usually the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday after the holiday. This year, the Federal Aviation Administration expects Tuesday to be the busiest travel day with about 48,000 flights scheduled.

Chris Williams of Raleigh, North Carolina, flew with his wife and two children to Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday morning to spend the holiday with extended family.

“Of course, it’s a stressful and expensive time to fly,” said Williams, 44, who works in finance. “But after a couple of years of not being able to spend Thanksgiving with our extended family, I would say we’re grateful that the world has gotten to a safe enough place where we can be with loved ones again.”

While Williams said the family’s budget has been tight this year, she has taken the opportunity to teach her children some basic personal finance concepts. Her youngest, 11, has been learning to budget his money since March and is excited to buy little gifts for his friends on Black Friday or Cyber ​​Monday. “Probably slime,” she said, “with glitter.”

The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 2.6 million travelers on Monday, surpassing the 2.5 million screened on the Monday before Thanksgiving in 2019. The same trend occurred on Sunday, marking the first year that the number of people taking planes the week of Thanksgiving surpassed pre-pandemic levels. .

“People travel on different days. Not everyone is traveling this Wednesday night,” says Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice president of trade group Airlines for America. “People are spreading their travel throughout the week, which I also think will help ensure a smoother operation.”

AAA predicts 54.6 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home in the US this week, up 1.5% from Thanksgiving last year and down just 2% from 2019. The auto club and insurance salesman says nearly 49 million of them will. they will travel by car, and 4.5 million will fly between Wednesday and Sunday.


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