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Thanksgiving Rush

Tue Nov 21, 2000 11:31 am

I've never flown during thanksgiving before, but on Wednesday I am taking a flight ATL-ZRH on SR. How packed is an airport like ATL going to be, and how early should I plan to get there? I'm taking the train so traffic shouldn't be a prob.
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RE: Thanksgiving Rush

Tue Nov 21, 2000 12:33 pm

As for any busy time in any airport, plan ahead and go EARLY!! This can accomadate for problems encountered durring transportto the airport, excessive line ups and congestion in the check in area. If you are pre clearing (which I doudt you are) plan for delays and back ups there. Once you cleared security go to your gate, and hang around that area. Dont wonder around the terminal (although ATL is pretty simple) it is very easy to get lost and caught up, and of course miss your flight.

The train system from Term. to Term. can get crowded, this is also a problem, just plan for delays.


Hope it helps.

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RE: Thanksgiving Rush

Tue Nov 21, 2000 1:35 pm

Hartsfield is HELL at Thanksgiving. If you have access to a priority check-in counter, or do not need to check bags, then add about 15-20 mins more than usual. If travelling coach with bags and without FF status, add around 75 minutes.
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RE: Thanksgiving Rush

Tue Nov 21, 2000 1:50 pm

Yeah, I'll be majorly screwed. I'm scheduled for JetBlue JFK-PBI on Thurs at 1:00pm. Flight is completely booked. Kennedy! Argh.

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RE: Thanksgiving Rush

Tue Nov 21, 2000 2:59 pm

Yeah, I think Wednesday is considered one of the busiest travel days of the year. Hmm...I'll be at LAX, on AA, going home to Oakland at 6 pm. This should be interesting...
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RE: Thanksgiving Rush

Tue Nov 21, 2000 5:52 pm

Minimum 2-1/2 Hr before the flight. We leave at least 4 hrs before the
flight (2hr in traffic). Last year we went to BCN on thanksgiving
(same 4 hrs) and this year we'll be in Rome. (This is Ofcourse from NYC)

Thanksgiving (wed) is always a jolly mess  , Just plan for it. Travel light
(carry-on preferred) and try to keep a calm disposition.

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RE: Thanksgiving Rush

Wed Nov 22, 2000 12:00 am

Go early..Plan ahead..be prepared for anything that might happen..keep calm..Have a back up plan! Have a good book to read....Repeat steps above.....Have an enjoyable Thanksgiving!
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RE: Thanksgiving Rush

Wed Nov 22, 2000 12:44 am

I understand Sunday after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year.

And don't take out your frustrations on the ticket counter or gate agents. It is not their fault if a flight is delayed or canceled. And they CAN be your best friend in the whole world.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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RE: Thanksgiving Rush

Wed Nov 22, 2000 12:53 am

Ill be flying tomorrow (Wednesday) United ORD-SJC, a family of four. There are still 3 seats unreserved on the flight, and its at 8:05AM so i dont think i should have too much a problem. Ive flown on thanksgiving before and it was fine. On the way back its a 7:20AM but on Monday the 27th, so i dont expect a problem either.

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RE: Wolfpacker

Wed Nov 22, 2000 5:23 am

Oh, fun. Sunday is the day I fly back to ATL.

RE: Thanksgiving Rush

Wed Nov 22, 2000 6:04 am

I think these folks are being alarmists. I usually show up for my domestic flights thirty minutes to departure. I've flown every Thanksgiving and never had a problem.

On international flights, I usually arrive one hour prior to departure and check in while in the FF Lounge.
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RE: Thanksgiving Rush

Wed Nov 22, 2000 1:11 pm

It really depends on your flight. Last year, expecting massive crowds, showed up at Logan at 05.45 the Tuesday before Thanksgiving for a 7.25 flight to RSW. Not only was the queue only 10 min long, but there was no one in the terminal. The year before I flew to Minnesota, also the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. We did curbside check-in (something you should consider when travelling during busy seasons), and were checked-in in about 10 min. I do advocate being there early, but don't overdo it, especially if travelling with children, because things may go better than planned and you're stuck in an airport with 90 min to spare. But leave your options open. Consider alternatives like curbside check-in. Also, if getting close to departure time, contact an airline personnel, tell then your flight number, and they'll usually bump you to the front of the queue. Remember no airline wants people to miss their planes.

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RE: Thanksgiving Rush

Thu Nov 23, 2000 12:59 am

Use Internet Checkin from Northwest Airlines.

If you have an e-ticket you can get checked in up to 24hrs before the flight!!! Takes away the anxiety of trying to get seats with the family at the airport at the last minute.

I used internet checkin from NWA yesterday and it was quick and easy. You just print out you boarding passes on your printer and show your ID as you board. No lines, no nothing! If you have bags you check them in a t the skycap service (curbside)

It is so easy and saved me so much time!!! (plu sit was even kind of fun)

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