How to Avoid the Holiday Travel Headache | NBC Nightly News
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TIME? HERE IS OUR AVIATION
CORRESPONDENT.IATION CORRESPONDENT.>>Reporter: SACH TO SAY HOLIDAY>>Reporter: SACH TO SAY HOLIDAY TRAVEL IS NOT ON MOST PEOPLES
BUCKET LIST.T ON MOST PEOPLES BUCKET LIST. THE COLD, THE CROWDS, THE THE COLD, THE CROWDS, THE CONSEQUENCE LAGSZ. CONSEQUENCE LAGSZ.>>I DONT WANT TO SLEEP ON THE>>I DONT WANT TO SLEEP ON THE FLOOR OR ON A COT NEXT TO FLOOR OR ON A COT NEXT TO SOMEBODY SNORING. SOMEBODY SNORING.>>SO IS THERE A TRICK TO>>SO IS THERE A TRICK TO AVOIDING THE HOLIDAY TRAVEL
BLUES?NG THE HOLIDAY TRAVEL BLUES? NBC ASKED DATA PROVIDER MASS NBC ASKED DATA PROVIDER MASS FLIGHT TO RUN THE NUMBERS AND FLIGHT TO RUN THE NUMBERS AND GET THIS. GET THIS.>>THE BEST FLIGHTS FOR>>THE BEST FLIGHTS FOR PERFORMANCE TEND TO ACTUALLY BE PERFORMANCE TEND TO ACTUALLY BE THE ONES THAT ARE THE LEAST
EXPENSIVE.HAT ARE THE LEAST EXPENSIVE.>>YOU HEARD RIGHT.
THE CHEAPER FLIGHTS ARE MOST THE CHEAPER FLIGHTS ARE MOST
RELIABLE BECAUSE THEY USUAL RELIABLE BECAUSE THEY USUAL
LEAVE EARLY AT 6 APPLE 88% OF LEAVE EARLY AT 6 APPLE 88% OF
FLIGHTS LEAVE ON TIME. FLIGHTS LEAVE ON TIME.
BY 9:00 P.M. ONLY 62% LEAVE ON BY 9:00 P.M. ONLY 62% LEAVE ON
TIME. TIME.>>GET UP EARLY, LEAVE EARLY.
>>THATS THE SECRET.VE EARLY.>>THATS THE SECRET.>>THATS THE SECRET.
LEAVE EARLY. SECRET. LEAVE EARLY.>>SINCE THE WEATHER IS USUALLY
BETTER IN NOVEMBER, THANKSGIVING BETTER IN NOVEMBER, THANKSGIVING
TRAVEL USUALLY RUNS MORE TRAVEL USUALLY RUNS MORE SMOOTHLY THAN CHRISTMAS. SMOOTHLY THAN CHRISTMAS. OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS THE
AIRPORTS WITH THE MOST DEPARTURE AIRPORTS WITH THE MOST DEPARTURE
DELAYS OVER THANKSGIVING, NEWARK DELAYS OVER THANKSGIVING, NEWARK
WITH FEWER THAN 79% OF FLIGHTS WITH FEWER THAN 79% OF FLIGHTS LEAVING ON TIME, FOLLOWED BY SAN LEAVING ON TIME, FOLLOWED BY SAN FRANCISCO, LaGUARDIA, LAX,
OHARE AND DENVER.DIA, LAX, OHARE AND DENVER.
BUT OVER CHRISTMAS DENVER HAS BUT OVER CHRISTMAS DENVER HAS
THE WORST DELAYS WITH JUST 61% THE WORST DELAYS WITH JUST 61%
LEAVING ON TIME. LEAVING ON TIME.
FOLLOWED BY BIG HUB AIRPORTS. FOLLOWED BY BIG HUB AIRPORTS.
EXPERTS ADVICE FLY DIRECT AND EXPERTS ADVICE FLY DIRECT AND
AVOID THE SNOW. AVOID THE SNOW. IF YOURE GOING TO CONNECT, YOUR IF YOURE GOING TO CONNECT, YOUR POINT IS MAKE IT A LONGER POINT IS MAKE IT A LONGER CONNECTION AND A SOUTHERN CITY. CONNECTION AND A SOUTHERN CITY.>>YES.>>YES. IF YOURE GOING TO CONNECT, LOOK IF YOURE GOING TO CONNECT, LOOK AT AIRPORTS LIKE ATLANTA.
THEY HAVE OUTSTANDINGNTA. THEY HAVE OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE. PERFORMANCE.>>ANOTHER TIP, WHEN COMPARING>>ANOTHER TIP, WHEN COMPARING AIRLINES, LOOK AT WHICH AIRLINE
IS BUILDING AN EXTRA PAD TIME TO IS BUILDING AN EXTRA PAD TIME TO
ENSURE YOU GET THERE ON TIME. ENSURE YOU GET THERE ON TIME.
AND IF YOU CAN, AVOID SMALL AND IF YOU CAN, AVOID SMALL
REGIONAL PLANES. REGIONAL PLANES.
THE BIG ESH THE AIRCRAFT, THE THE BIG ESH THE AIRCRAFT, THE
MORE PASSENGERS, THE LESS LIKELY MORE PASSENGERS, THE LESS LIKELY
THE FLIGHT WILL GET CANCELED. THE FLIGHT WILL GET CANCELED.
>>IF YOUR FLIGHT GETS CANCEL,>>IF YOUR FLIGHT GETS CANCEL,
MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU.
ITS GOING TO BE VERY, VERY HARD ITS GOING TO BE VERY, VERY HARD
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON TO GET ON THIS HOLIDAY SEASON TO GET ON
ANOTHER FLIGHT EASILY AND ANOTHER FLIGHT EASILY AND
QUICKLY. QUICKLY.>>AND THE START OF THIS YEARLY
RITUAL IS NOW JUST A WEEK AWAY.

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