Orbitz's holiday travel tips
Traveling over the holidays? Orbitz.com has released the Insider Index of the busiest airports for Thanksgiving.
Chicago O'Hare International will be the busiest airport this Thanksgiving, out of the top-50 U.S. airports. Rounding out the top three are Los Angeles and Denver international airports. LaGuardia, JFK and Newark are numbers 7, 8 and 9 respectively.
The least busy airports – and easiest to navigate — include San Jose, Calif., Nashville, Tenn. and Richmond, Va. (nos. 1, 2 and 3 respectively).
But no matter which airport you plan to use this holiday season, you’ll want to take Orbitz.com’s travel advice:
Choose alternate airports: If you're looking ahead to Christmas or New Year's, consider using alternative smaller airports. These are often much easier to navigate and less crowded. For example, if you're traveling to Chicago, consider Chicago Midway (MDW), and those heading into or out of Los Angeles may save time by going through Burbank (BUR) or Orange County (SNA).
Online check-in is your friend: Where possible take advantage of online check-in and print boarding passes before arriving at the airport. It’ll save you time and a headache.
Know your flight status: Always check the status of your flight before leaving for the airport. It’ll save you waiting time at the airport.
Security smarts: Keep anything you need to show airport security such as ID, boarding passes, liquids in a zip-top bag, or medication, in a separate compartment of your carry-on bag. Digging for these items once you get to the front of the security line will cause delays.