How COVID-19 Will Affect Air Travel This Thanksgiving
Like much of 2020, Thanksgiving travel will be heavily affected by COVID-19. As noted from a press release by AAA, more than 55 million travelers took a trip of 50 miles or more away from home for Thanksgiving in 2019. Last year was the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005. Unfortunately, this year we will not see the same amount of travelers due to COVID-19. It is expected that we will see a significant decline in airline travel.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported that they saw a record-breaking number of travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2019, screening more than 26 million passengers and crew members during the holiday travel period, from Friday, Nov. 22 to Monday, Dec. 2. On the busiest day, Dec. 1, more than 2.8 million travelers passed through TSA security checkpoints nationwide. With 2,870,764 travelers screened, it marked the most active day ever in the 18-year history of the agency.
Even though the airline industry is bracing for a much smaller turnout this year, they are offering more flights in November than October to meet the expected need of Thanksgiving travelers. As noted in a recent Business Insider article, Delta was the first of the big three US airlines to adjust its November schedule. The airline has scheduled 93,233 domestic flights, about 5,400 more than it will fly in October, but down from 139,771 in November 2019.
So what should we expect this Thanksgiving holiday? USA Today article states prices will be lower for the most part. The steepest declines are for air travel. The average price of nonstop round-trip flight tickets is down more than 30% for both Thanksgiving weekend compared to 2019. Hotel rates are down 10% for Thanksgiving weekend.
If you are considering traveling for Thanksgiving this year, please make sure to be prepared for a very different experience than last year. Be prepared for enhanced health screenings at the airport and hotels. Make sure to pre-plan your arrangements for holiday activities and events as they may be affected by the ongoing pandemic.
Trawick International wants everyone to have the best possible Thanksgiving experience they can have. That is why we highly recommend travelers purchase a travel cancellation insurance policy that covers COVID-19 related losses. For more information about how Trawick International travel insurance covers COVID-19, check out our COVID-19 FAQ Page.
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AAA is expecting more than 54 million Americans to travel away from home over this Thanksgiving holiday, which is a solid 4.8% increase over the last year and also the HIGHEST Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005. It is also noted that traffic not only inside the airport, but also in the skies will break previous records as well. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you survive the 2018 holiday travel season.
>> Leave Early <<
There’s nothing like that feeling of sheer panic when you reach the TSA lines in the airport and you have 20 minutes to make it to your gate. There will be an increased influx of people in the airport, so getting there at LEAST 2 hours ahead should give you time to make it through the check in process and get you to your gate without stressing. And hey, if you get to your gate early, grab a mimosa or 2 and enjoy your free time.
>> Fly Nonstop <<
We know, flying with connecting flights is cheaper, but with the holiday influx of travelers, it might be best to try and get a nonstop flight if possible. Not only will this save you from running through airports trying to catch your connection, but it also decreases the odds that something happens to your luggage!
>> TSA <<
Apply for the TSA PreCheck program so you can skip the lines and get to your flights faster. Also, make sure your liquids are the right amount so that you don’t make yourself any later, and also so you don’t hold up other travelers behind you. It is a good idea to wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off, and go ahead and put your personal belongs in your carry-on before going through the scanners.
>> Charge Up <<
Another good tip to keep in mind while traveling during the holidays is to make sure your devices are charge before you leave the house! The airports will have many more people than usual, and chances are the outlets will all be taken. You can also invest in a portable charger for when you do need to charge up on the go!
>> Traveling with Food <<
Did you know that you can travel with your Thanksgiving turkey? TSA allows turkeys, turkey sandwiches, pies, cakes and other bakes goods through the checkpoints as long as they are food substances and not liquids. So this means grab the turkey and stuffing but leave the cranberry sauce and gravy at home! (or just pack them in a checked bag)
We hope these travel tips help during your holiday travels, and we wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving from Trawick International!
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