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Holiday Travel Survival Guide: Tips, Hacks and How to Avoid Disaster

It’s not too late to snag decent prices and face the rush that’s ahead. But you have to act now.

Big cities rank at the top of holiday demand this Thanksgiving, including New York City.

Big cities rank at the top of holiday demand this Thanksgiving, including New York City.

Photographer: Amir Hamja/Bloomberg

If you’re suffering from analysis paralysis when it comes to booking holiday travel, it’s understandable. There will be record travel costs during this holiday season, plus looming recession fears—and so many places to choose among: Travelers who searched for November and December travel rose a whopping 60% year over year, according to Expedia Group’s quarterly Traveler Insights Report released on Tuesday. 

More than half of Americans say they plan to escape for one or both of the holidays this year, with 70% of them planning to visit friends and family, said Hayley Berg, lead economist at travel booking app Hopper, in a statement. “As of today, nearly 25 million seats are expected to depart on flights from US airports over the Thanksgiving travel week, from Sunday 11/20 to Sunday 11/27; a 6% increase in capacity compared to 2019.”