How to Avoid the Holiday Travel Headache | NBC Nightly News

safe to say holiday travel is not on most people’s bucket list the cold the crowds the cancellations I don’t want to sleep on the floor on a cot next to somebody snoring so is there a trick to avoiding the holiday travel blues NBC News asked aviation data provider mass flight to run the numbers and get this the best flights for performance tend to actually be the ones that are the least expensive you heard right the cheaper flights are most reliable because they usually leave early at 6 a.m. 88% of flights leave on time by 9:00 p.m. only 62% leave on time get up early leave early that’s the secret that’s a secret leave early since the weather is usually better in November Thanksgiving travel usually runs more smoothly than Christmas over the last three years the airports with the most departure delays over Thanksgiving Newark with fewer than 79 percent of flights leaving on time followed by San Francisco LaGuardia LAX O’Hare and Denver but over Christmas Denver has the worst delays with just 61 percent leaving on time followed by big hub airports LAX Newark Dallas Las Vegas and Chicago Midway experts advise fly direct and avoid the snow if you’re going to connect your point is make it a longer connection and a southern city yes if you’re gonna connect look at airports like Atlanta they have outstanding performance another tip when comparing Airlines look at which airline is building an extra pad time to ensure you get there on time and if you can avoid small regional planes the bigger the aircraft the more passengers the less likely the flight will get cancelled if your flight gets cancelled my heart goes out to you it’s gonna be very very hard this holiday season to get on another flight easily and quickly and the start of this yearly ritual is now just a week away Tom Costello NBC News Washington hey NBC News fans thanks for checking out our YouTube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch the latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching


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