Headed out for Christmas? So are 115 million other Americans this year, according to a report by AAA on INRIX.com. It’s expected to be the highest estimate since AAA started tracking in 2000, with most traveling by car.
So then, what are the best and worst times to travel during the holidays?
According to Inrix, a provider of transportation data and insights, the most congested days during the 10-day holiday period are Saturday, December 23rd, Thursday, December 28th, and Thursday, December 30th, due to people leaving from their Christmas destination or heading out for New Year’s Eve plans.
If you want to avoid the most congested times on the road, they suggest hitting the road before lunch or after 7pm.
The best times seem to be 12pm or prior, which the heaviest traffic varying from 11am-7pm, 1-5pm, 2-8pm, and 5-7pm. You can read the full press release here.
For anyone flying, Harry Reid International Airport has some recommendations to share for smoother flying.
“With a record-setting holiday travel season expected this year, we advise passengers to plan ahead for large crowds and give themselves extra time at the airport,” Allegiant Air, a Las Vegas-based airline, said in a statement. “To ensure that passengers reach their departure gate on time, we recommend arriving earlier than usual to check in, check any bags, and complete security screenings.”
Definitely make sure to check boards and airline notifications prior, in case of unexpected delays, though delays and cancellations over the year have been relatively low, especially in comparison to COVID years.
With all that being said, have a safe and smooth holiday this year!