If you’re one of the millions of Americans planning a Thanksgiving weekend getaway this year, you’ll need to finalize details by mid-October to get the best deals and packages. Thanksgiving weekend continues to be one of the most-traveled seasons of the year, which means you’ll be battling crowded airports, heavy traffic and paying a premium price for your hotel stay.
Make sure you’re not making one of these five common mistakes when planning your Thanksgiving weekend getaway!
1. Booking at the last minute. This common mistake may seem like a no-brainer, but many people still wait until the week before Thanksgiving weekend to lock in hotel and flight packages in hopes of saving some money. You may get lucky with a last-minute package, but don’t count on it – many hotels in bigger cities will be booked solid by the middle of October so plan ahead!
2. Thinking driving will save you money. A road trip may make sense when you’re traveling across the state for Thanksgiving weekend, but if you plan on trekking across the country, you could end up paying a high price for gas, overnight stays on your route, and even dining. Make things easier on yourself – and even more affordable in some cases – by booking a direct flight.
3. Neglecting the rules about maximum room capacity and extra fees. If you’re planning a Thanksgiving weekend getaway for a large group of family members, friends, or are inviting people to a hotel suite for the celebration, make sure you’re aware of the maximum capacity rates and fees for extra people who plan on spending the night. Most hotels charge a per-person fee for any guests that weren’t registered on the original booking, so be prepared to pay a premium for those extra people!
4. Forgetting about kids’ interests. After the Thanksgiving meal activities are over, young kids will need something to do. Make sure you plan some fun activities for the kids in the traveling group so that you don’t set yourself for temper tantrums and crying fits. Pack some games, coloring books, or reserve a kid-friendly tour of the city you’re visiting over Thanksgiving weekend so that you end up enjoying a fun, memorable and even blissful family vacation.
5. Flying into the international airport. International airports in bigger cities will be the busiest over Thanksgiving weekend. Fly into a smaller airport nearby to avoid heavy traffic and crowds, and you’ll be setting yourself for a much less stressful trip. In some cases, you can also save a lot of money by flying into an alternate airport and taking a cab to your destination of choice. Shop around and consider all of your options to make the best decision.