Hopper & InsureMyTrip Predict Busiest Airports For 2016 Thanksgiving

Last updated on 03/28/2023

WARWICK, R.I., Nov. 16, 2016 -- In an effort to help empower travelers to make more informed decisions when it comes to Thanksgiving travel plans, Hopper and InsureMyTrip research teams reveal what airports and flights to avoid and how the latest data trends can aid travelers when comparing travel insurance benefits.

Busy Airports For Thanksgiving Travel

2016 Thanksgiving Busiest US Airports

Based on data results from InsureMyTrip and Hopper, travelers can make smarter choices about their Thanksgiving travel plans and travel insurance purchase.

This data shows the most popular airports during the winter months. The data from Hopper revealed the following trends:

  • The Sunday after Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day, followed by the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
  • Atlanta beats out several larger metro areas as the busiest airport for both holidays due to the large number of connecting passengers.

This is the list of busiest airports this Thanksgiving, based on total departing passengers and volume of scheduled departures:

  1. ATL Atlanta
  2. LAX Los Angeles
  3. ORD Chicago
  4. DFW Dallas
  5. JFK New York City
  6. DEN Denver
  7. SFO San Francisco
  8. LAS Las Vegas
  9. CLT Charlotte
  10. PHX Phoenix

Best Protection For Flight Delays

Based on these data results, travelers can make smarter choices about their travel plans and travel insurance purchases. For example, passengers with departing flights at busier airports are more likely to utilize a travel delay benefit and, therefore, may want to compare travel insurance policies with better delay protection.

"Our data indicates that when travelers are made aware of the probability of delays, they are more likely to compare and buy travel delay benefits during a purchase," says Melissa Caldarone, data analyst at InsureMyTrip.

Travel delay benefits vary with each travel insurance provider, generally between a 5 and 24-hour window. The benefit is designed to provide reimbursement for reasonable meals and accommodations while unable to travel.

Tip: Travelers must be delayed for a certain number of hours before this benefit can be applied. When comparing travel insurance, look for the minimum delay time (typically, starting at 5 hours) to start qualifying for coverage as soon as possible.

Best Protection For Delayed Bags

Travelers may also want to ensure baggage delay coverage is included under a selected comprehensive travel insurance plan. Baggage delay coverage generally becomes active after belongings have been delayed for a specified period of time, typically 12 or 24 hours.

Tip: When comparing travel insurance, look for a maximum per-person coverage amount as well as a per-day limit. For example, some policies may offer $500 per person to purchase incidentals, but only allow $200 to be spent per day.

Best Protection For Missing Cruise Departure

For those concerned about a delayed flight adversely affecting a cruise or tour departure, travelers may also want to ensure a missed connection benefit is included under a selected comprehensive travel insurance plan. This benefit is designed to provide travelers with coverage if a delayed flight (for example, of 3 hours or more) causes a traveler to miss a cruise departure.

Tip: Florida airports tend to be very busy during cruise season, so plan for delays.

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About Hopper

Hopper is an airfare prediction app available for iOS and Android devices. Hopper analyzes billions of flight prices a day to provide advice on when to fly and buy. Hopper predicts price changes for your trip, and notifies you when to book. Hopper has received accolades such as Apple's App Store Best of 2015, the Webby Award for Best Travel App, and the Google Play Award for Standout Startup of 2016. Visit Hopper.com for more information and to download the free app.

About InsureMyTrip

InsureMyTrip compares travel insurance products from the most trusted providers in the industry. InsureMyTrip's powerful unbiased comparison engine enables travelers to quote and buy the right travel insurance plan. The site offers the most travel insurance reviews on the planet. Supported by award winning customer service and travel insurance agents licensed in all 50 states.

SOURCE InsureMyTrip