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WARWICK, R.I., Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — In an effort to help empower travelers to make more informed decisions when it comes to Thanksgiving travel plans, Hopper and InsureMyTrip research teams 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, based on total departing passengers and volume of scheduled departures:


Rank Airport City Total Passengers

Departing During

Thanksgiving Week

Busiest Time

of Day (Local


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.

“If travelers are made aware of the probability of delays, they can then use that data to help them compare travel delay benefits when considering a travel insurance purchase,” says InsureMyTrip Intelligence Analyst Danny DeMello.

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.

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