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Hopper and InsureMyTrip Release Thanksgiving Travel Report

    Based on data, travelers can make smarter choices about their travel plans and a travel insurance purchase.

    In an effort to help empower travelers to make more informed decisions when it comes to Thanksgiving travel plans, we have partnered with Hopper and InsureMyTrip research teams to reveal what airports and flights to avoid, the best time to buy, and how the latest data trends can aid travelers when comparing travel insurance benefits.

    Best Time To Buy and Fly For Thanksgiving Travel
    The data from Hopper revealed the following trends for Thanksgiving 2017:

    • Domestic flight prices are currently averaging about $322 round-trip for Thanksgiving compared to $288 last year (up about 12%).
    • You can save the most money by leaving on Monday, November 20 and returning Wednesday, November 29
    • Last year, the cheapest prices were available until about 55 days before departure (early October), averaging about $286. Between 15 – 25 days prior to departure, there were moderate increases of $1 per day. In the final two weeks, prices started spiking $10 per day.

    This is the list of the busiest airports for Thanksgiving week, based on total departing passengers and volume of scheduled departures:

    Rank
    Airport
    City
    Total Passengers Departing During Thanksgiving Week
    Busiest Time of Day (Local Time)
    1
    ATL
    Atlanta
    1,382,846
    8:40 a.m.
    2
    LAX
    Los Angeles
    1,134,894
    9:00 a.m.
    3
    ORD
    Chicago
    1,020,476
    8:00 a.m.
    4
    DFW
    Dallas
    850,314
    5:30 p.m.
    5
    JFK
    New York City
    837,078
    5:30 p.m.
    6
    DEN
    Denver
    772,831
    10:20 a.m.
    7
    SFO
    San Francisco
    745,123
    9:40 a.m.
    8
    LAS
    Las Vegas
    636,132
    12:00 p.m.
    9
    CLT
    Charlotte
    623,829
    8:30 a.m.
    10
    PHX
    Phoenix
    613,433
    8:50 a.m.
    11
    MIA
    Miami
    609,782
    4:00 p.m.
    12
    SEA
    Seattle
    589,451
    10:40 a.m.
    13
    MCO
    Orlando
    578,316
    10:50 a.m.
    14
    EWR
    Newark
    569,967
    4:20 p.m.
    15
    IAH
    Houston
    557,786
    2:00 p.m.
    16
    BOS
    Boston
    498,827
    6:00 a.m.
    17
    MSP
    Minneapolis
    466,675
    6:30 p.m.
    18
    DTW
    Detroit
    464,338
    6:50 p.m.
    19
    FLL
    Fort Lauderdale
    449,863
    7:20 p.m.
    20
    LGA
    New York City
    417,180
    8:30 a.m.
    21
    PHL
    Philadelphia
    392,102
    4:50 p.m.
    22
    BWI
    Baltimore
    386,796
    7:10 a.m.
    23
    DCA
    Washington D.C.
    321,346
    4:10 p.m.
    24
    MDW
    Chicago
    319,357
    7:20 a.m.
    25
    IAD
    Washington D.C.
    300,393
    4:10 p.m.

    Best Protection For Flight Delays

    Based on these data results, travelers can make smarter choices about their travel plans and travel insurance purchases. For example, passengers with departing flights at busier airports are more likely to utilize a travel delay benefit and, therefore, may want to compare travel insurance policies with better delay protection.

    Travel delay benefits vary with each travel insurance provider, generally between a 5 and 24-hour window. The benefit is designed to provide reimbursement for reasonable meals and accommodations while unable to travel.

    Tip: Travelers must be delayed for a certain number of hours before this benefit can be applied. When comparing travel insurance, look for the minimum delay time (typically, starting at 5 hours) to start qualifying for coverage as soon as possible.

    Best Protection For Delayed Bags

    Travelers may also want to ensure baggage delay coverage is included under a selected comprehensive travel insurance plan. Baggage delay coverage generally becomes active after belongings have been delayed for a specified period of time, typically 12 or 24 hours.

    Tip: When comparing travel insurance, look for a maximum per-person coverage amount as well as a per-day limit. For example, some policies may offer $500 per person to purchase incidentals, but only allow $200 to be spent per day.

    Best Protection For Missing Cruise Departure

    For those concerned about a delayed flight adversely affecting a cruise or tour departure, travelers may also want to ensure a missed connection benefit is included under a selected comprehensive travel insurance plan. This benefit is designed to provide travelers with coverage if a delayed flight (for example, of 3 hours or more) causes a traveler to miss a cruise departure.

    Check back for more Holiday travel reports in the near future!

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