The busiest travel days of the year are expected to be even
busier this year. AAA expects 42.5 million Americans -- a 4%
increase over last year -- to travel during Thanksgiving weekend,
November 23 to November 27.
Most holiday travelers (nearly 90%) will drive to their
Thanksgiving destination of choice. But that doesn't mean airports
won't be crowded this weekend. Despite higher fares and capacity
cuts, the number of people flying is expected to increase 1.8% to
Regardless of your mode of transportation this weekend, it pays
to be prepared before you hit the road or take to the skies. Here
are tips for both auto and air travelers:
1. Give your car a checkup.
Before you hit the road, make sure your vehicle is prepared for the
trip with these
nine winter car maintenance tips
2. Stock up on emergency items.
Whether it's car trouble or bad weather, you don't want to be
stranded on the side of the road without the proper gear. From a
first-aid kit to flares, make sure your vehicle is stocked with
10 must-haves for holiday travel
3. Download free travel apps.
You can save time and money by downloading mobile applications. For
example, you can use your smart phone to comparison shop for the
lowest gas prices in your zip code with a free app such as
GasBuddy. Here are more
free travel apps
you should consider downloading.
1. Know your new rights.
Several new protections for air travelers kicked in this summer,
including a rule that requires increased compensation for
passengers who are bumped from oversold flights. To learn more, see
New Protections for Air Travelers in Effect
2. Know how to deal with travel disruptions.
If bad weather disrupts your travel plans this weekend, you need to
know what steps to take to get on the next available flight or get
a hotel room if you're going to be stranded overnight. For tips,
How to Deal With Travel Disruptions
What to Do if You're Stranded While Traveling
3. Know how to get airlines to respond to your
If you're unhappy with the way an airline is treating you, you
might have more luck getting your problem resolved by using
Twitter. You probably can type a complaint in 140 characters or
less (the Twitter limit) faster than you can get through to an
airline's customer service representative. And with more than 180
airlines tweeting (see
), chances are good that an airline representative will see your
me on Twitter