Tips on traveling for this Thanksgiving

Consider buying a one-day pass to the airport lounge

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GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – AAA estimates 46.9 million Americans will travel this Thanksgiving holiday, the highest number since 2007.

Most will be driving, mainly because of low gas prices, which on average are 74 cents less per gallon than last year. For the 25.3 million who will be flying, some tips could mean the difference between getting to your destination or not.

“Even before you go on your trip, you may want to see what your alternative is if your flight is delayed,” said Brenda Cummings, AAA Travel Agent. “For instance, if you’re going to Charlotte.. if you didn’t make that then what the next flight would be.”

As soon as a delay is announced, call the airline to see if you can get on the next flight out. If your flight is then cancelled, you’re already confirmed on a new flight.

If you miss your flight connection, go to customer service, but also call the airline directly while waiting in line. This will ensure fast re-booking. Also send a tweet to the airline; they may be able to help you as soon as the tweet is sent.

If you’re late booking a flight and there’s no available seats, check 24 hours before departure. This is often when the last few seats are released.

And consider buying a one-day pass to the airport lounge. It usually comes with free drinks and snacks, but also ticket agents. These lines are much shorter and are known to be faster when it comes to re-booking flights.

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